Move-out prep begins for students

With the end of the semester approaching, students that live far away from campus have to get all of their belongings back home. Students are doing this in many different ways.

Kendall Crum, ’23, lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a 12-hour drive and is able to put all her things in her car.

Crum will have to come throughout the next three months to get her things all home. She is also frustrated with the fact that she will have to do it all again when she comes back for second semester.

Allie Peasley, ’23, lives in Douglas, Wyoming. The drive is 25 hours long, so she usually flies out of Pittsburgh into Denver. She then has to drive hours home from the airport in Denver. Peasley explained her plans regarding her belongings.

“I am going to have to get a storage unit, but I don’t even have a car to get all my stuff to the storage unit so that’ll be really complicated for me,” Peasley said. She will be leaving her stuff in the unit that she doesn’t need at home.

Some students who live far away from campus started sending their stuff home a little early.

“I never got my stuff shipped back to me last year so when I came back this fall I shipped most of it home,” said Hallie Reiger, ’23.

Reiger said this allowed her to have less stuff to have to bring home at the end of this semester.

“I will be able to pack my stuff up in my car and drive it home.”

Reiger has space in her car for the belongings she still has on campus.

Abby Fields, ’23, lives in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania and has an hour-and-a-half drive. Her dad is coming down to help her pack up her things and get them home.

“We’re trying to do it in waves,” said Nathan Chubb, ’23. “My mom is coming up a little early to take home some stuff then my dad is coming to get the rest of the big stuff.”

Crum spoke on the issue of whether or not the school should have allowed students to keep their belongings on campus.

“I think we should be able to keep our stuff here, or at least provide storage for the students that need it since they need to clean the dorms,” Crum said. She said she understands that the school has to clean the dorms again, but wishes there was help from the school.

“I absolutely do think the school should let us keep our stuff on campus,” Peasley said. At the end of the first semester last year, students were allowed to keep all of the belongings they didn’t want at home in their dorm rooms for when they got back in the second semester.

“I understand that they don’t want to pay for shipping again if we aren’t coming back, but I think they should give us the option of keeping it here if the students/ families would be willing to pay for the shipping if we don’t return,” Reiger said. Like the school handled the belongings of its students last semester, she wishes something similar could happen for students who live far away.