Finally it is time to roll out of bed, put on a pot of coffee and put on my purple gear. Move in is roughly 2 days long and involves a lot of man power. In the triple digit heat and, surprisingly this year, in the monsoon rain, hundreds of volunteers come in to move in thousands of freshman and new student transfers.
We sweat and some of us fret. But we work hard and power through 5 hours of moving in students.
Even though it is hard work, and we try to keep a positive attitude-- there is a deeper reason for why we spend 15 hours this week helping with move in.
Around half of the people helping out are student leaders on campus, which means they are here on the campus to serve each other. These freshman are already cursed with the pre-college jitters and most of them are worried enough about finding that first friend.
In attempt to make transitions a little easier, us leaders will grab every single piece of luggage and put it in your room, we will walk you to meet your RA and make sure every question is answered.
Secondly, we love to serve our new students, they are the closest thing we have to a tangible vision of what the future for our campus is going to look like. I don't haul luggage to impress the parents or the new students; I haul luggage to make sure that my first impression is the one I want and choose it to be--and that is one of service.
I want these new students to know that we are here to serve them and we are here to make this their home.
So as just something to keep in mind about our attitude and our outlook on things that may seem meaningless.