UMD Welcomes New Students to Campus for Move In Day

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 22, 2019 08:42 PM

UMD welcomed over 2,000 new students to its campus Thursday for Move In Day.

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As families came in they were greeted by UMD students and staff who welcomed them in with a big round of applause and lots of cheering.

Moving into campus is something incoming students get excited about.

"They make you feel so welcomed so far so I'm excited to see whats to come," said Tabatha Mattson, a new student from Chaska.

"It's a really welcoming and warm environment, I like it," said Gavin Spencer, a new student from Blaine.

It's not an easy day for parents who drop their kids off.

"We're moving our kid into college! We're excited and nervous and sad and happy," said Brooke Spencer, a parent.

UMD students and staff were on hand helping unload furniture and boxes, making sure incoming students felt welcomed in their new home.

"We're supporting all the students moving in and we specifically are helping move in the track team," said Mark Swann, a UMD student.

Police were on sight too, making sure everyone was safe and guiding traffic. They were also reminding students to be friendly and good neighbors.

"Our goal is to enhance excitement and make sure everybody is keeping things under control and having a good positive experience," UMD Police Chief Sean Huls, said.

Students made sure to swing by the Free Store to stock up on free household items and other essential items they need for their dorm.

"It's really helpful not only for International students but also for students who don't have the money or don't have time to go to the store," said Maliza Sivongsa, a UMD student.

Incoming students are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in their life.

"I'm looking forward to tonight with all welcoming group activities and getting treated like a freshman in high school again," said Mattson.

"The freedom of living alone that'll be fun and exciting and different," said Spencer.


Alejandra Palacios

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