September 04, 2011

Moving In and Moving On

It was a day of excitement and nerves as Hamline’s newest class of incoming students moved into their new homes on campus. With more than 500 first-years and more than 100 transfer students they make up Hamline’s largest class ever.

“I just almost can’t believe I’m here,” first-year student Kayli Mitchell of Brooklyn Park said.

There were plenty of Pipers on hand to help with all the boxes, refrigerators, and other heavy lifting involved with moving students into their residence halls. New student mentors, resident assistants, members of the Theta Chi fraternity, athletes, staff, and professors made sure everything made it into the rooms quickly and efficiently.

“I just like to be a part of the excitement, and meet a few of the parents and students,” management and economics professor Beth Gunderson said. “I’ve been helping with move-in day for 12 years. I wouldn’t miss it.”

Chuma D’Kay is one of the many parents who came to campus with their student to help with the move-in process. D’Kay is a 1985 Hamline graduate so despite some natural apprehension, he is confident his son Ryan will have a good experience.

“It’s a very good school academically, but the class sizes are small which helps,” D’Kay said. “I’m sure he will enjoy it here.”

Many students share their parents nervousness about this important next step, but they are also looking forward to their new life as college students.

“I’m excited to be part of a big city, meet new people, and learn new things,” Felix Ramos of Tucson, Arizona said. “I’m looking forward to this new independence.”

To watch how hundreds of students were moved into the dorms in just one morning, click the video below or visit Hamline’s YouTube channel.