A buzz was in the air at North Central College as returning students came out in force to help welcome incoming freshmen to campus.
On hand were orientation staff and resident assistants to help freshmen find their dorms and settle in, while the move-in crew, made up of members of the football team, took care of the heavy lifting – a relief for students worried about the move.
“I’m a little nervous to live in a dorm, the space is a little limited, and I’m obviously going to miss home,” said freshman Stephanie Kaiser, “but I’m excited to move out and start my own life as well.”
The move is a life-changing event for parents too – but even as they miss their kids, they know the experience will help them grow.
“It’s the best thing possible, they’ve gotten to meet kids from all over and make friends that they’re still friends with now, some of them that graduated 18 years ago and they’re still friends with kids they met here,” said Cindy Beetz, mother of 4 North Central College students.
Living on campus means independence, a lifestyle change that will allow for newfound growth.
“I think the biggest thing is to become my own person,” said freshman Bailey Beetz. “I’m excited to not be sheltered at home and make my own decisions and my own mistakes but that’s what I’m excited about.
North Central College’s fall term runs until November 23rd, when students will return home for the holidays.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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