Students moved into the residential halls at Herkimer County Community College on Thursday, the first of two days for students to move-in before the start of classes next week.
“I’m a little nervous. I mean I’m excited to be here, but I am nervous about being on my own because now I have to make my own decisions,” said Michelette Zapata, of Amsterdam, as she carried in bags full of cleaning supplies.
Zapata, a first-year student studying to be a paralegal, was one of hundreds of students moving their belongings into Campus Meadows, one of three residence halls on the college campus.
“We’re constantly improving the quality of our residence halls,” said Matthew Hawes, HCCC dean of students, who was at Campus Meadows Thursday to talk to parents and students during the move-in.
Hawes said among some of the improvements made over the summer at Campus Meadows were the installation of new windows. He said there have been problems in the past with students breaking into their room through their window if they were locked out. He said students will no longer be able to do that with the new windows, which will be phased in at the other residence halls over time.
Hawes also said new bathrooms were installed in two of the Campus Meadows buildings.
Registration sites for students moving in were set-up around campus on Thursday. One worker reported students were showing up as early as 8:30 a.m., a half hour before they were allowed to start moving in.
Fallon Spriggs, of Kingston, unpacked her clothing in her new room at Campus Meadows with some newly-made friends from the HCCC women’s soccer team, who had moved in about two weeks earlier for practice. “It seems nice,” said Spriggs. “I like that we’re in apartments instead of dorm rooms.”
Spriggs, a first-year student who will major in fine arts, said she was looking forward to “just meeting new people and living on my own.”
Hawes said 615 students will live on campus, including approximately 250 returning students. According to the HCCC website, campus housing is full and there are already 50 names on a wait list.
College offices were open for students to visit throughout the day. Tours were also scheduled to be given by student ambassadors so new students could get a better idea of where to go. Thursday also included a program for parents and a mandatory first-year residential student meeting.
Student orientation was scheduled to continue on Friday, including a convocation at the HCCC gymnasium and The Generals Block Party on the college lawn.