PLYMOUTH, N.H.–– “My parents have always spoken so highly of Plymouth State, so I am so excited to be here,” said Beau Dykstra of Lebanon, who was one of nearly 2,000 Plymouth State University students to move into the school’s seven residence halls September 1. Move-In is the busiest day of the year for the campus and surrounding communities, with nearly half the student body and their families converging on campus for the annual event. Dykstra’s parents, Mark and Laura Dykstra of Lebanon, are Plymouth State alumni and they are thrilled to see their son attending their alma mater.
“We’ve always believed in the school, and this is a wonderful next step for Beau,” said Laura Dykstra ’89, ’00G.
“I think Plymouth State is a gem, there’s so much to do here and explore,” said Mark Dykstra ’89. “There is an immediate sense of community right out of the gate when you get here … it is amazing,”
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said it is heartening to see a legacy student with their family arriving on campus.
“It’s a great thing when people who have had an education here trust us with the most precious thing in their lives,” said Steen. “That’s a huge statement about the quality of the education they received and their faith in this institution and what it will mean in the life of their child.”
President Steen has personally welcomed students and parents each year during her nine-year tenure. She noted this year’s Move-In went like clockwork.
“Beautiful day, so much excitement and energy and it’s such a wonderful time to see the campus, said Steen. “This has gone incredibly smooth.”
PSU Move-In allows students to quickly and efficiently fill the University’s seven residence halls with the help of staff, students and families. PSU’s athletic teams, including the entire football and wrestling teams, as well as sororities like Delta Zeta, help incoming students park, unload and move their belongings. By Labor Day evening, more than 90 percent of the students are moved in to their on-campus residences.
First-year student Samuel Millard of Kingston, N.H., said he was happy to be on campus.
“Lots of changes, a new environment, I love the campus and the location,” said Millard.
Sophomore Eva Daniels of Westfield, Mass., said she was thrilled with how easy the moving process was.
“I’m so excited–it’s great to be back,” Daniels said. “I made a lot of friends here, it’s a great place. I just love the feeling of a new school year.”
Having Move-In on Labor Day allows more parents to join their students and offers students a seamless transition to the start of the academic year. Convocation and a final orientation for first-year students occur on Tuesday, September 2. Classes begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the first full day of classes is Wednesday, September 3. PSU has more than 7,000 students, including approximately 4,200 undergraduate students.
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