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WIU administration hopes to move forward with move in day

New freshmen at WIU are settling in after a long day of moving in Friday, they’re now looking forward to a fresh start in college. School administrators said they hope it can be a fresh start for them too after financial difficulties last year.

“I am moving in to my dorm and unpacking, […] I’ve been excited since I chose to go here,” said New WIU Freshman Hannah Shulman.

Hannah drove from Schaumburg with her family for the big day.

“We’re mixed emotions, we’re excited, but also kind of sad to see her go, but we’re excited to see what’s next for her,” said Hannah’s mom Carmen Shulman.

While Carmen is saying goodbye for now, for Hannah, she’s excited about a new chapter.

“I’m interested in their criminal justice program so I want to see how that works out,” said Hannah.

While move in day means a new start for students like Hannah, school administration said it also means a new start for them.

“We’re excited to see them getting in and getting checked in and starting the semester,” said WIU acting president Martin Abraham.

As Abraham helped move new students in, he said administration hopes to refocus efforts to gain new students in the coming year.

“A lot of things that I’m focused on really have to do with getting enrollment through the door, we’re looking at some new things from a retention standpoint so that we have services in place to help students be successful,” said Abraham.

For the Shulmans, WIU’s recent difficulties weren’t a deterrent due to the programs the school offers.

“Yeah we’re not concerned, it’s a little bit of a distraction, but no worries on our end,” said Carmen.

For Hannah, it’s the last thing on her mind as she moves in.

“I’m excited to see how my room turns out,” said Hannah.

Abraham said this weekend they’re expecting around a thousand freshman students to be moving into town, which he said is around the same number they had last year. Classes begin Monday.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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