Move-In Day in Durham
UNH freshmen find new homes and browse for some 'treasure'
The Gracia family of Durham, N.C., lug some finds from the University of New Hampshire Trash 2 Treasure sale to Jessica Gracia's new dorm on Friday. From left are Brianna Gracia, 12, Jessica Gracia, 18 and mom Christy Gracia. Friday was move-in day for incoming UNH freshmen. (GRETYL MACALASTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Ruth Abelmann, associate director of residential life on campus, said the move-in day system is now a "well-oiled machine" and the morning saw few traffic, parking or congestion problems.
Chris St. Onge, 19, of Kingston said he had no idea what to expect during his first weekend on campus, but was ready to embrace it.
"I'll just try to meet a lot of people and get a feel for everything," St. Onge said as he lugged his belongings into Stoke Hall on Friday morning.The political science major said he looked at both sports and school size when applying to college, and chose UNH for the level of activity on campus.
The family arrived from North Carolina in the wee hours of Friday morning and mom, Christy, planned to spend a week with her younger daughter, Brianna, 12, before returning home.
On Friday morning, Christy Gracia said she was excited to be delivering her oldest daughter to college, but was sure the sadness would set in.
The younger Gracia has already decided that she, too wants to attend UNH when the time comes.
The family visited colleges all around the country before landing on UNH.
The Whittemore Center was the place to be for many students looking to pick up items they forgot or cheap hand-me-down furniture.
A spirit squad roamed campus welcoming students and helping them to feel like Wildcats while families explored campus after getting everything moved in.
"It's letting go. It's difficult, but I think it is going to be a great experience for her," Joanne Miller said.
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