On a hot and sunny Wednesday at Ball State, students officially began moving into their respective residence halls.
Commencing with Ball State’s Welcome Week, students under the premium plan — students who agree to stay in the residence halls for two years — moved in to their residence halls starting at 9 a.m.
“I’m not nervous or anything because I’m rooming with one of my best friends,” said Reese Broaddus, freshman business communications major moving into LaFollette Complex. “I really don’t know what to expect. I’m just kind of excited about it.”
Broaddus’ main concern was knowing where his classes were going to be and how close they were to each other. However, he said he was comfortable finding his way around campus because he has visited Ball State several times.
Jack Falejczyk, freshman computer information systems major, arrived earlier to Ball State as part of Accelerate, a program designed for first-time freshmen by Housing and Residence Life to help them succeed at Ball State. Through the program, he said he has gotten to meet people and tour campus.
Since the program was free of cost, he said he was paying with his time volunteering with the move-in process as a greeter outside LaFollette.
Falejczyk, who is completely blind, said while interacting with other students was easy, navigation and getting some work done have some obvious challenges to them. He said his hall director helped him with his scheduled walk around campus and he has many talking gadgets to help him when using computers.
“I’m very excited for Ball State,” Falejczyk said. “We all feel welcome here and it’s all very very fun.”
Kate Bergel, residence hall director for LaFollette, said the most challenging part for the staff helping with move ins was staying cool in the heat.
“We haven’t had rain like we had last year and the students are all really excited to be here,” Bergel said. “The energy has been really great all day.”
She advised incoming freshmen “don’t be afraid to get a little bit lost in order to find who you really are here.”
Danny Butler, a hall director for Brayton/Clevenger, advised freshmen to get involved on campus.
“It’s really easy and there’s a lot of people out there,” Butler said. “I know some people may feel like they’re the only one and they’re lonely, but there’s so many resources on campus for them to go to.”
He said maintaining positive energy for 10 hours a day could sometimes be a challenge for the move-in staff.
“I’m a really energetic person. So, it's pretty easy for me to do, but spirits can sometimes get low in the heat and the rain, but we push through it,” Butler said.
Sgt. Michael Lucas from University Police (UPD), who was assisting with the move-in process, said it was going smooth thus far and that people were respectful and compliant with parking regulations.
He said UPD’s social media videos on how to move into residence halls at Ball State might have been helpful to people moving in.
Students on the standard plan will begin moving in Thursday and returning students will move in Thursday through Sunday.
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