August 29, 2012

Move-in Day

Easy on the students, but harder for the parents saying goodbye

New students arrived on campus today in cars stuffed with pillows, comforters, mini refrigerators and plastic bins—all the accoutrements to begin a new life away from their childhood home. While many freshmen couldn’t wait for their independent lives to begin, their parents, on the other hand, had mixed feelings.

Placido and Donna Cantarella drove their 18-year-old son, Lino, an hour from Brentwood, New Hampshire—a trip which seemed to be shorter than they expected. “We’re both going to miss him,” Donna said, “but it’s all part of life, growing up, and moving on out. I wish it were me!”

Over the next two days, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., first-year students will arrive to the West Lot, where a team of Wentworth staff and student volunteers wait to direct them to a sign-in tent to collect a student I.D. and key to their freshmen dorm room either in Baker Hall, Tudbury Hall, or Evans Way.

For new Wentworth mom Doreen Reese from Milton, Massachusetts, who was helping her daughter Shadé Olukoga move into Evans Way, the day was similarly bittersweet.

“I am going to miss her terribly, but I promised my daughter I was going to act like a grown up today and not cry,” Reese said. Up ahead of her, Reese watched Shadé quickly push a cart toward the dorms. “She’s ready to start her new adventure.”

While move-in day may be harder for parents, for the students, it’s long-awaited freedom. “I can’t wait,” said R.J. Ruggieri, who was moving into Baker dorm with the help of his parents Rick and Patricia Ruggieri. “I’m ready to be on my own.”

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