Students report smooth dorm move-in experience after special year – Washington Square News
After a year of distance and hybrid learning, students reflect on a smooth transition to living in dormitories.
Students walked through the doors of 22 NYU residences, boxes in hand and families in tow, during the fall 2021 move-in days between August 27-29. Many students – new and old – have stayed home for a year of distance learning, and this semester marks the first time the residences have been operating at full capacity. Despite the college’s COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks indoors and a single guest policy, students generally reported a smooth move-in process.
The university has introduced more effective security measures to protect against the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant, which causes a ascend infections and an increase in the number of cases among those vaccinated. These security measures limited the use of large bins for carrying personal effects and encouraged students to take only one elevator trip during their two-hour move-in period. Students were also entitled to only one assistant, who received a bracelet upon check-in after showing full proof of vaccination or a negative PCR result within 72 hours of arrival.
Some students said NYU’s general COVID-19 policies, such as proof of vaccination and mask wear, were necessary, but other move-in guidelines were excessive. Sedem Apedo, first year of the CAS, reported that some of the guidelines were not being strictly enforced.
âI don’t believe the ‘one person, one trip’ policy worked because I personally couldn’t bring my items in one trip,â Apedo said. âHowever, the moving staff were understanding and let me make several trips. It also allowed everyone in my family to come up and see my room before leaving. “
Jordan Spencer, first year of Gallatin, also believes the one-time support policy was impractical, but understands that the increase in cases of the Delta variant is a cause for concern.
âHaving an assistant and expecting everyone to take a trip is unrealistic,â Spencer said. âI’m in Third North, so we’re bringing things for a bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. Putting all the things in a trash can and making a single trip just wasn’t possible, at least in my situation.
Other New York-area universities have similar or more lenient move-in protocols compared to NYU. At Fordham University, students were authorized have three people to help them move in provided they provide proof of identity and vaccination. Columbia university obligatory all guests to register in advance to help move in.
Despite the somewhat overwhelming return to campus, most NYU students agreed their move-in days went smoothly and without incident.
âMy moving day went really well,â said Ife Giwa, a freshman in liberal studies. âI was the first to move into the whole building and didn’t have to wait in line. Overall, despite the emotion of a day, the physical transition went smoothly. “
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