Minivans, moving trucks and cars crammed with school supplies lined up outside Pierson Center on Sunday morning as Indiana Tech students worked to fill their dorm rooms for the new school year.
About 200 students this weekend moved into on-campus housing, according to Chris Dickson, associate vice president of student services.
Students begin classes Wednesday.
Dickson said students began arriving at about 5 p.m. Friday, and since then, there has been a steady stream of new students into the two freshman residence halls: Pierson Center and Warrior Row C.
As students and parents moved bags and belongings Sunday morning, they received helping hands from a 20-member student resident assistant staff, members of the campus sorority and fraternity and Franciscan Brothers from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
This is the first year the diocese has helped students move into their dorm rooms, Brother Augustine Mary said.
It’s the Christian thing to do, Mary said.
Student RAs helped with check-in paperwork Sunday morning. They also helped plan an evening luau party and two days of orientation today and Tuesday.
Jay Graham, a senior who works as an RA in Pierson, is expecting 24 new freshmen in his wing of the building.
He said most of the students moving into the dorms are freshmen, and about 70 percent are student athletes.
Myasia Jackson, of Fort Wayne, is one of the freshmen athletes who moved in Sunday morning.
She plans to play softball for Indiana Tech this year, and her mother, Angel Jackson, hopes living in close quarters with other student athletes will help her daughter stay motivated.
We wanted her to get the dorm-life experience, Angel Jackson said.
Myasia Jackson dug through boxes Sunday morning while her family helped unload the vehicle.
It was easy packing, but it’s definitely not easy unpacking, she said, pulling out a box filled with desk supplies and carefully unpacking a container of paper clips.
Jackson will share her second-floor dorm room with three roommates – two per room. Her roommate had begun the move-in process and had her bed in place with only a few bags left to unpack.
She said living with someone else will be a new experience. I thought what if I don’t have enough space?’ But it’s perfect, she said.
Jalen Jackson, 12, waited as his older sister rearranged her room and grabbed a few more boxes full of stuff.
He joked with his sister that he might miss her a little bit, but not too much.
His sister quickly reminded him that their home was only about 15 minutes away from campus, and it wouldn’t be long before she was home for a visit.
Mom was all acting like she was gonna kick me out, she said with a smile. But I know she’ll be wanting to see me all the time.
Jackson, 18, graduated from South Side High School in May and plans to study fashion marketing.
She said college is something she’s been looking forward to, and she wasn’t too nervous about heading back to class – yet.
The nervousness hasn’t gotten to me yet, she said. I’m excited. It’s a whole new world for me.