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Parents and students adjust to college move-in day changes amid the pandemic

Posted at 11:11 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 00:16:24-04

Moving day for incoming freshmen at UL Lafayette in the pandemic meant big changes for both students and their parents.

For students their senior year of high school was upended by the pandemic and now the pandemic continues to alter life as they start their college careers.

Incoming freshmen started moving in for the semester and like this first semester on campus, the move-in was also different because of the pandemic.

Starting her college career is anything but ordinary for UL student Sydney Moberly. The visual arts major had to schedule her move in time online and only one of her parents can be with her inside the dorm.

“If you have the red bracelet, that means you can go in but it’s one person. If it’s between my mom and dad I’d have to give my mom the red bracelet and then they can go in. Right now they have to limit it to keep things under control,” explained Sydney Moberly.

“I didn’t strap mine on so that we can hand off as necessary,” said Ken Moberly.

Sydney’s dad, Ken, decided to go in with her first. Like any parent, move-in date is emotional even more so amid the pandemic.

“I’m excited that she’s going to start adulting," Moberly said. "But I’m also sad that I don’t have her to haul back and forth to school every day. It’s just going to be a completely different portion of life now."

Scheduling move-ins is just one of many ways UL is planning to keep students safe. Signs promoting social distancing are posted around campus and everyone helping students move in have their temperatures checked.

“I really do appreciate the fact that they try to spread out the arrival time of the students. That way not everybody just shows up at 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning and it’s just chaos. They at least planned out this part well,” added Syndey's father.

Move in for students will continue through Sunday with classes beginning on Monday, August 17th.

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