In just a matter of minutes, all of Traci Crawford’s belongings are emptied out of her mother’s car, in to several carts and up to her home away from home.
The 18-year-old student from Conyers, Ga. starts her freshman year at Georgia Gwinnett College on Monday. On Wednesday, she moved into her dorm on campus in Lawrenceville.
Crawford’s move was made easier thanks to a group of more than 200 volunteers.
“Faculty members, staff, student athletes, members of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club and Lions Club are helping out,” said GGC spokeswoman Sally Ramey.
Almost 500 freshmen and transfer students will move into their new housing this week according to Ramsey. “We want to provide a welcoming experience for students and their families,” said Ramey pointing out the celebrity-style green carpet and balloons lining the dorm entrance.
The theme for this year is “Stop, Drop and Roll.” Students first stop by the student center to get their identification, mailbox and make sure all their payments are made and paperwork signed. They then come to the dorm and drop off their bedding, books and other dorm necessities. And finally, they roll their cars out and can begin decorating their rooms.
“This room is larger than I thought!” said mom Mary Crawford upon seeing her daughter Traci’s school year home. The small bedroom includes a raised bed, a desk and a dresser. Traci will live with two other roommates in a suite that includes a small kitchen and living room.
“It’s nice! Nicer than the model,” said Traci as she figures out what will go where in her new room.