It’s official, the #Classof2020 is settled in on campus! This week, incoming students shared their excitement and anticipation, parents voiced occasional heartache, and alums recalled these days as some of their best memories.
After three quiet months on campus, it’s always a pleasure to experience the enthusiasm of our incoming students as they unpack and explore. This year, students hail from as far as Australia, as close as Franklin County, and plenty of places in between such as North Carolina. For two days, they came with packages, boxes, and bags, finding places for room decorations, favorite hometown treats, fancy electronics, practical appliances, lawn games, fitness gear—everything but the kitchen sink. Said one Facebook follower, “Did these kids leave anything at home??”
It’s no wonder parents and students appreciated the help. Several people thanked faculty, staff, student-athletes, Greek life, Residence Life, Orientation leaders, and so many other Move-in Day volunteers. “Thanks to everyone at SHIP today. You're all very happy, enthusiastic, and so helpful,” said one mom on Facebook. “The entire process was very well organized, and you certainly made my job as mom very easy today!” Another parent tweeted his agreement, “@shippensburgU They definitely made the process easier for my daughter and I today. Huge thanks to all of them!
And those there can confirm that, for example, cross country athletes who already had a strenuous morning practice practically sprinted up several floors with a smile and an armful of students’ belongings. Professors didn’t mind breaking a sweat while they chatted with potential students and mingled with parents—an opportunity to welcome new members of the Ship family the right way.
While Ship gears up for a new semester, many alums took the opportunity to reminisce about their days on campus—“Feels like yesterday I was doing this. Best decision of my life!” Some lamented the fact that they had to carry their own gear in—“Back in the old days -- you moved yourself in -- course we didn't have a lot of stuff, either!”
Recent grads expressed how they longed to see the Shippensburg Exits off I-81 again this year. Others who graduated decades ago shared touching memories from Ship that shaped their lives. Said one couple, “I remember that drive.... best 4 years... it's where my hubby and I met!” He responded, “25 years ago this month.” Another Facebook friend said, “Started that drive down I-81 40 years ago in my Red 1974 Toyota Corolla SR5. Feels like yesterday. At the time, it was Exit 10. And if you remember that, you're a bit..... mature!”
Viewing photos and videos of the move also sparked interest from future students and their parents who look forward to taking part in these activities next year. “Can't wait for my daughter to be there to not only get a great education but make new friends and experience new things,” said one mom.
To our new students, welcome to campus. We’re so glad you’re here. As our alums can attest, you’re in a great place. Oh, and our alumni Facebook and Twitter friends say, “Good luck Class of 2020!” and “Good luck freshmen! Picking Ship was a great decision!”
Have a great fall semester!