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Friday, August 19, 2022

Sarah's move-in day! And freshman year begins...

Yesterday was a big day.  We packed allllllllllllll the things into our Pilot and Sarah's car and headed south to UNC Charlotte.  

Sarah's move-in time was 2:00pm. I would have preferred earlier but her roommate was moving in at 10:00 and there was no way we could have all been in the room moving in at the same time.  Plus the later move-in time gave us a leisurely morning and a little extra time with our girl.

The drive is, thankfully, a short one.  It's only 55 minutes from door to door which seems so much shorter as compared to the drive to Raleigh which is 1 hour and 45 minutes!

We got there a little early because I knew no one would be monitoring that and also because it just seemed like we had so much more stuff than when we moved Peter into his dorm last year so we knew it was going to take a long time.

Sarah's roommate, Gabi,  (who also happens to be her bestie from elementary school through high school) had been Facetiming Sarah so the furniture was already arranged in a way that was suitable to both girls when we got there.  

We got all the stuff from the car into the room and then got the bed on risers, the bedding on the bed, the clothes in the closet and everything else essentially in the area it needed to be in.  Then we headed to Walmart and Target for a few last minute items.  The Walmart and the Target closest to the school were both zoos and the shelves were pretty bare.  But that's to be expected during day two of move-in.  (Peter texted me the day before about all the freshman and their families in the Target at NC State. It seems no matter how well prepared you are, there's always going to be something you realize you need and didn't think about.)

The best part about going to the Target though, was the Starbucks.  Sarah and I both got iced chai lattes and they really hit the spot.  The extra burst of caffeine was exactly what we needed to get the rest of the room put together.  

The girls are living in a 4x2 suite.  Which means 4 roommates sharing 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a little living room.  (Sarah and Gabi really wanting a 4x1 ((4 roommates, 4 bedrooms)) but you really need to get your housing application in immediately upon getting your acceptance letter to get those. 

Obviously, Sarah and Gabi are sharing one of the rooms and the other will be two people that they don't know and that don't know each other either will be sharing the second room.  One of the roommates moved in the day before.  She seems very nice and I think the girls will get along with each other.  The other roommate is older and will be moving in today.  Her name is Sarah (hopefully that won't get confusing).

It was 7:00 until we finally got everything in place and then we took Sarah out to dinner.  She wanted pizaa so we went to a little Italian restaurant near campus.  The restaurant was packed thanks to all the people moving in but it was really good.

Then we took our girl back to her dorm, gave her really long hugs.  I didn't cry (but I did tear up) and she happily trotted into the building and into her new life!  

I know she's going to be fine.  I'm sure she'll have some struggles along the way because freshman year is never easy, but I know this girl is going to work hard, follow her dreams, and end up exactly where she's supposed to be in life.  Remember, sweet girl: 

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”― St. Catherine of Siena


Of course, we had to get a picture of my mom and Sarah before we left. We gave mom a hard time because she's wearing NC State colors and not UNCC colors!  :)


Madeline said...

Oh dear, I am tearing up just reading this. I have been reading your blog since she was so little and now she's all grown and launched to college. Luckily that 55 minute drive doesn't seem too far!!

Mari said...

Aaagh - this is making me tear up! I can't believe this day has come. I've been reading about her since she was little. Her room looks nice and it's great she is already friends with her room mate!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I can't believe she's already in college. That escalated too quickly! I wish her the best year ever.