Written by Jess Paniszczyn
With temperatures in the triple digits, the Texas heat welcomed approximately 380 freshmen and their parents to the University of Dallas (UD) campus in Irving for an annual rite of passage, moving into the dorms on Sep. 6.
Despite the heat, the unflagging optimism of youth and the promise of all things new kept the mood light and joyful as boxes and suitcases of personal belongings were carted upstairs to their new homes in Jerome Hall for ladies and Gregory Hall for young men.
Even though there is a new university, UC Merced, in Grace Gordon’s home town she chose to travel from California to attend UD. UC Merced everyone goes there
“It took us two days to drive here, about 13 hours a day,” Grace said. “We packed everything into my truck. It was awful, but it’s okay, because now I’m here.”
She choose not to go to UC Merced because, “everyone goes there.”
“I like the location of UD, and I like the school and the people a lot. I’m definitely a freshman; I have no idea where I’m going.
“Moving in has been a process. It was a little nerve wracking at first, but I’m excited to be here. Right now my room looks like a room. It’s not really decorated or anything yet, so we are working on that,” she said.
Having flown from New Jersey to Texas, Bernadette Hogan was helping her daughters Chelsey, a freshman, and Maeve, a junior, settle into their respective living spaces for the upcoming school year.