16-Hundred First-Year Students Move In to UW-Stevens Point

More than 16-hundred first-year UW-Stevens Point Students are settling in for their first night on campus.

The new Pointers spent Thursday moving into the residents halls.Vehicles lined up for blocks as thousands of families dropped off their college student for the very first time. For Ashley Radmer and her mom the day is bittersweet.

"I was a little overwhelmed because I've been thinking about college and it hadn't really been like, 'Hey I'm going to college!' until I got here and then I'm like oh my gosh this is already it." Radmer told NewsChannel 7.

Radmer is only one of the more than three thousand students who will move into the dorms in the coming days. While the formula for move in day remains the same year after year, UWSP staff say every incoming class brings something special and unique to campus.

"There's always new to our campus," UWSP Vice Chancellor of Student Affiars Al Thompson said. "There's new blood, new people and having them be part of the Pointers family is so critical."

Senior Chris Slattery remembers when he was the new kid on campus and how intimidating it was. He says his best advice to new students is to get to know new people and get get involved on campus.

"Just knock on your neighbors door, say hi, introduce yourself and make that connection right away," Slattery advised.

It's making those new connections Radmer says she's most looking forward to.

"There's so many different things I can do with my life. I mean high school is one thing, but there's so many more opportunities."

Even though she hates to see her go, Ashley's mom says she's excited for this new chapter in her daughter's life.

"I want her to know how proud I am of her that she here and doing this," She said.

All the first-year students will have the chance to meet each other officially on Friday at Convocation.

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