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Brooklyn Goodwin of Edenton, front, right, is among East Carolina students who opted for an early move-in date on Tuesday. An estimated 5,400 students will be moving to campus for fall semester.


By Kim Grizzard
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Over the next five days, more than 5,000 students are expected to move onto ECU's campus.

Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Monday for about 28,700 students, including about 4,200 freshmen and 1,750 transfer students.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. today for the first of 14 residence halls that will house about 5,400 students.

Kasey Jackson simply could not wait another day. So she made the trip from Raleigh on Tuesday with her parents, who paid $100 for the privilege of beating the crowd.

“I wanted to get here now,” Kasey, a sophomore recreational therapy major, said between trips from her dorm to two cars packed full of things for her room. “I was ready to be here, and I guess avoid all the other days that are more busy.”

Numerous students, including resident advisers and some student athletes, move back to campus each year before ECU's official move-in dates. But three years ago, the university began offering students an option to get an earlier start — for a fee.

Director of Housing Operations Aaron Lucier said the early move-in option is popular with some students who are eager to get back to school, but others enjoy the bustle of the traditional move-in days.

In addition to early move-in, the university also permits after-hours move-in (7-10 p.m. today-Friday) for a $50 fee. Students who opt for earlier or later move-in times can expect shorter lines for the elevators but also fewer move-in volunteers to help.

Kasey brought her own, including her boyfriend and her sister. Her mother, Vicky Jackson, said after going through move-in with her older daughter at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, along with moving Kasey to ECU last year, early move-in seemed like a good option.

“I was very impressed by how organized the move-in process was, but with her being a sophomore, we decided to come early,” Jackson said. “I have to work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so moving in early gave me a chance to come too. I wanted to be here to see her room.”

Freshman Brooklyn Goodwin was one of the first to arrive after dorms opened at noon Tuesday.The Edenton native participates in a Living Learning Community, a program in which students live and take classes together to help smooth their transition to a large university. She was among a number of LLC students who were eligible to move-in early with no fee.

“Our LLC is actually going on a retreat tomorrow morning, and we'll be gone until Thursday afternoon, so we're kind of required to be here early,” Brooklyn said Tuesday.

It was a little too early for her mom, Evie Goodwin, who was hesitant to leave her firstborn at college.

“She's ready,” Goodwin said of her daughter, who is the oldest of three.

What about her parents? Are they ready?

“No,” Goodwin said. “But it's only an hour and a half away, so it's not that bad — as long as I get to talk to her at least once a day.”