Move-In Day!

Nothing quite signals the energy and excitement of a new academic year at IU Bloomington than Move-In Day, when new students — with the help of their families, friends and loved ones — unpack and enter their new residences for the first time.

True to this annual campus tradition, the official start to Welcome Week, yesterday morning’s Move-In Day festivities included smiling freshmen, anxious-yet-prideful parents and friendly student and staff volunteers, all of whom made the event a truly, pardon the pun, moving experience.

A student shows IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel around her newly refurnished room inside Briscoe Quad.

IU senior officials, including President Michael A. McRobbie, new IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel and Dean of Students Pete Goldsmith, also took part in the fun and excitement this year, extending a warm welcome to IU Bloomington’s incoming class, projected to be the largest ever at 7,590 students and one of the most academically talented and diverse in campus history. For Robel, it was her first Move-In Day since becoming provost, and she was thoroughly enjoying every interaction she had with students and parents. “This is really fun!” the new campus chief could be overheard saying on numerous occasions throughout the morning.

And what a morning it was — a beautiful, sunny Btown morning that, thankfully to the many movers on hand, arrived without the oppressive heat and humidity that’s dominated the past several months.

Simply put, Move-In Day was the perfect start to a new year and new beginnings, a well-timed welcome to IU’s newest class and a wonderful welcome back to those of us, like myself, energized by their arrival.

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