Moving In: A Student’s Perspective
After a long summer of counting down the days until I left home to go to college, move-in day had finally arrived.
I was so excited for the big day; I woke up at the crack of dawn running around to pack my belongings in my car.
As soon as I finished, I was pushing my parents out the door ranting on how we needed to be on time.
It wasn’t until the large Florida Gulf Coast University sign came into view that the college nerves settled in.
It was time to begin the next chapter of my life, but was I ready?
As I got lost in my fearful thoughts, my parents and I began to unload everything from the car when we were greeted by a volunteer who ended up helping us move all my boxes to my dorm.
As we walked from the garage to my hall with the hot Florida sun beating down on us, I made small talk with the volunteer which helped slowly ease my nerves.
When we reached my hall, we were welcomed by more volunteers and housing staff with open arms.
Their enthusiasm and positivity was contagious and any fear I or any other freshman had melted away.
After getting everything into my dorm, it was time for my parents to go.
Adulthood sets in when you walk your parents out your door.
The toughest part is watching the two people who were always so strong for you tear up and you needing to be strong for them.
It was a bittersweet goodbye, but we all knew I was where I was supposed to be.
As we start the school year during a pandemic, students and staff are left questioning, “How do we move forward?”
The virus has forced FGCU into a multitude of changes in order to bring students back to campus.
In consideration of safety precautions and student needs, FGCU succeeded in an approved plan for going forth into the fall semester.
The plan has included a mixture of virtual, socially distanced and BlendFlex classes for students, so they can still have the FGCU academic experience.
The teaching staff has outdone themselves with their determination to give students a great education through patience and kindness as students adjust to the new norm.
However, it is the absolute dedication of our campus’s student run organizations to Weeks of Welcome (W.O.W) that amazes me the most.
They have been able to provide a wonderful experience for all students while being safe. With a series of socially distanced events and great amount of enthusiasm, W.O.W has been a success with all students.
This has not been the freshman year I originally planned on; however, I can say it will be a memorable one.
In a world going through a multitude of changes it seems as though my life is changing with it.
I cannot say for certain what the future holds, but I can say that whatever it may be, we as people will continue to grow in many ways.