I’d been looking forward to Aug. 18 all summer.
You’d think I was starting school myself – I literally had a giant “Move-in Day!!!!” on my home calendar. I couldn’t wait for the buzz on campus and had hoped to meet most of our new students.
Unfortunately, a nasty stomach bug kept me away from much of the action. I was able to meet several students and their parents in between bouts of illness, but I mostly watched the work from afar.
And, let me tell you, it was exhausting just watching.
Our administrators, faculty members and staff helped facility crews haul new students’ belongings up flights and flights of stairs to their rooms so that families didn’t have to.
Parents were amazed. Several told me they were dreading hauling their daughters’ clothes, furniture and boxes up stairs—some told me they remembered that experience from other college-aged children who went elsewhere. Needless to say, we had some pretty grateful families on campus yesterday.
The students I talked to were all so amazing. They come here for different reasons, but most told me they value the one-on-one, individualized attention they know they’ll get here—and that extends beyond the classroom. One Dad told me he had a nice conversation with a woman before realizing it was President Dr. Dianne Lynch. I’ve had dealings in my past life as a reporter with other college leaders and let’s just say that’s usually not the case.
I think if parents realized anything during move-in day Sunday it’s that Stephens is a truly one-of-a-kind place where everyone from facility crews to the president are dedicated to making sure their daughters get the educational experience they deserve.