Teamwork Helps Smooth Move-in Day at Fitchburg State University
By Mina Corpuz
FITCHBURG -- Erin Mader will be less than an hour away from her family in Tewksbury as she attends Fitchburg State University, but she will always have a piece of home with her.
The 18-year-old will share a dorm room with a fellow Shawsheen Valley Technical High School graduate, Leah Sheehan, of Billerica, who is also 18, as the two study nursing.
“It’s very overwhelming, but I’m excited,” Sheehan said Monday morning as students moved into their dormitories. With the help of the school’s sports teams, she and Mader got all of their belongings into their room to begin unpacking and decorating.
On Labor Day, first-year students from around the state moved into their new homes on the Fitchburg State campus. Most will settle into the Helen Ross-Russell towers, which houses about 450 first-year students.
Teams from Housing and Residential Services worked with the sports teams to help move students in.
At Russell towers, a campus officer directed up to four cars up a hill and into a parking lot at the foot of the dormitory.
Within minutes, football players donning their green and yellow jerseys helped the families unload the student’s plastic totes, fans, and other items into green carts.
During the rush, a line formed from the parking lot to the dorm’s one elevator to bring students upstairs. Once there, the move-in crew helped unload their belongings.
Vinny Ermano, a freshman on the football team, helped other first years move in. He and team members arrived at 9 a.m. and were scheduled to work in shifts through the afternoon.
“It’s good when we’re all here,” the Shirley resident said. “It makes things easier.”
The first wave of move into Russell Towers was in full swing around 9 a.m. and started up again an hour later. Move-in was scheduled to last until 3 p.m.
Next door at Aubuchon Hall was less crowded. The dormitory is mostly for upper classmen.
Tayjaun McKenzie, 20, of Lynn was moving in with the help of his parents, family, and members of the cheerleading squad.
He will play on the basketball team and study business management.
“It’s fun being here,” McKenzie said in his new room that is part of a suite. “It’s about an hour drive in and I made it half an hour.”
His mother, Subrina, said it has been hectic getting prepared for the move and to drop off her only child.
“It’s been rough on the family, but we’re proud of how hard he’s worked,” she said.
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