Moving carts piled high, freshmen settle in campus residence halls
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Like most of the 1,300-plus UIC freshmen moving in last Wednesday, Adriana Perez had to leave something precious at home.
For Perez, it was Dexter, her 2-year-old German shepherd.
The Schaumburg resident, a psychology major aiming for medical school, said she was excited about living on campus because “there’s a lot more to do than in a suburb.”
As new students and their families brought in carts piled with possessions, they had help from UIC athletes, RAs, housing staff and members of different campus organizations.
Nick Greenen brought his guitar from Naperville to his new home in the Courtyard residence hall. He said he didn’t need it, “but I’ll find time to play it.”
His studies in art and design will come first, though. His father, Jerry, helping him move in, said, “We had that discussion on the way in.”
As she moved into Commons South, Cassidy Joy, a chemistry major from Freeport, lamented having to leave behind “my stuffed animals that I’ve had since I was 2 years old.”
All but one, anyway, although it’s not her favorite. That one, “I love too much to bring I didn’t want anything to happen to it,” Joy said.
In all, 3,400 students will live in residence halls this fall, said Susan Teggatz, director of Campus Housing.
Freshmen will live in 10 residence halls about 700 on the east campus, 170 on south campus and 134 on west campus.
“I’m pretty excited, coming from a small town,” said Megan Greene of St. Anne, a village of 1,250 near Kankakee, as she moved into Commons West.
“This is a big city, I’ll see what it offers.”
After they moved in, the freshmen were invited to dinner at the UIC Forum and activities at their residence halls, the beginning of a three-day orientation called New Student Days.
“Plenty of space” remains available in campus housing, Teggatz said.
Apply online or visit the housing office on the second floor of Student Center West.
Below: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares welcomes students on Move-In Day.
Photo: Joshua Clark