Parents wave goodbye as UNCW students start a new journey

UNCW Move-in day 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington is welcoming the class of 2021 and the new Seahawks are excited.

“So excited, I never knew I wanted to come to UNCW and somebody said why not go visit Wilmington. I was like I never really thought about it, so I did and I fell in love with the campus immediately. That was two years ago, so now I’m finally ready to be moved in and excited,” freshman Gabriella Scala said.

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UNCW has a special tradition for move-in day that not many other schools have.

“We are moving in the freshman! It is a super unique thing that UNCW does and it’s great to get to help out and make sure everybody gets moved in stress free,” junior Shannon Mann said.

1,800 volunteers showed up this year to help move in more than 2,000 new students.

“They unload the cars pretty quickly. They bring all of those items to their rooms and the parents actually never get out of the car. They go and park the car and by the time the parents arrive back in the students room, all of their stuff has been unloaded, ” UNCW Director of Housing and Residence Life Peter Groenendyk said.

Upperclassmen think back to when they were first arriving on campus and how they enjoy coming together to help out.

“Gathering as one whole UNCW community, it really makes a difference,” senior Jamie Foley said.

Some parents are not looking forward to going back to an empty nest after they drop off their new Seahawk.

“It’s a little nerve wracking, since he is my first student to go to college, but he is really excited to be here, so I’m really excited for him,” parent Jena Mcgann said.

Now freshman Gabriella Scala is settled in her new dorm room, she is ready to check out the campus.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people. I’ve never been this far away from home and I don’t know anybody here, so I’m excited to meet anybody and everybody,” Scala said.

The director of housing and residence life said he expects by the end of Sunday for majority of the students living on-campus to be all moved in.