The Shippensburg University campus came to life seemingly overnight as parents and freshman began moving in on Thursday. Families began checking in around 8 a.m. and the Orientation Team, athletic teams, and various clubs and organizations helped students and parents start a new chapter in their lives.
At any one of the residence halls parents were hugging their children as if it were the last time they would see each other. Some moms shed tears as the freshmen reluctantly hugged their parents in public.
Beginning Thursday afternoon, students have a variety of choices on what to do to help them get settled in. At 4 p.m. the students are officially welcomed at the convocation. After dinner, students can meet their hallmates and residence directors and assistants. Once the meet-and-greet ends, students will have a chance to hear about what to expect in their first year of college. And, finally, after a long and exhausting day there is an ice cream social at 9:45 at the CUB.
Academic Day is on Friday, Aug. 23. Students have the opportunity to experience what their classes will be like. On Saturday freshmen are invited to learn about service-learning projects and play battleship on the Rec Fields. Saturday night is the always-favorite breakfast bingo, open to any student who is back in Shippensburg. Sunday morning and afternoon is the activities fair where all students get to see what campus has to offer and sign up for any club that interests them.
So, don’t worry parents, your kids have plenty to do and are in good hands. As for the students, welcome to Shippensburg. It’s nice to have some life back on campus.