Elon University student-athletes help new students move in

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On this year’s move-in day, Elon University will once again renew a tradition that began in 2019, as the university’s fall sports teams will assist with the move-in of new students.

Elon’s dance team has been part of that tradition since its debut three years ago. For junior Isabella Venziale, who first attended last year, helping new students and their families settle in on their first day at Elon is a rewarding experience.

“It’s funny to see all the parents super excited about having their kid move in,” Venziale said. “It was kind of fun to bond and reminisce about how we did a year ago, but to do it together and help everyone settle down was really nice.”

This will be the third time Elon’s fall sports teams have participated in new student moves in, as they did not participate in 2020 due to COVID-19 issues. Athletes’ responsibilities go beyond just moving furniture and boxes around residence halls, as they also answer questions, share experiences, and help direct families to places on campus, which Venziale remembers having done often in 2021.

“Everyone was looking for the mail room,” Venziale said. “I feel like that was the one they were stuck on. No one knew how to get there. I think it was funny trying to explain, ‘you’ll go here and get this and that.’

While helping athletes move in helps new students, it can also help teams. Fall sports athletes arrive on campus in late July and early August and participate in team-building activities to prepare for their seasons.

“It’s definitely a good time to bond and spend more time with each other. It’s a great way to start the season and have another event where we can all come together and do something. for athletics and also for our team.”

Isabelle Venziale

Elon University Junior

According to Venziale, participating in last season’s move-in and other pre-season activities helped the dance team bond, which she says was key to the team’s victory at the national championship in the spring.

“It’s really great for new members or people who haven’t been there to fit into the team,” Venziale said. “It’s definitely a good time to bond and spend more time with each other. It’s a great way to start the season and have another event where we can all come together and do something. for athletics and also for our team.

Director of New Student Programs Emily Krechel said partnering with Elon Athletics for move-in day also helps introduce new students to Elon’s sports culture.

“Having our fall sports athletes help new students settle in starts motivating our new students to support Elon Athletics,” Krechel said. “Athletes can talk about their experience and encourage new students to attend their matches.

For Krechel, the partnership with athletics has been a success, as the participating teams can effectively help families settle into the dorms and help create a positive atmosphere.

“Having the athletes help with the move in for new students is always a positive experience,” Krechel said. “The students really appreciate the help, and the athletes help make quick work of their move-in experience.”

Venziale said she’s excited to help move in again this year and that she and her teammates can offer to help on what can be a long and emotional day for families.

“It can be very stressful at times, but I think it’s good to have other people around to help everyone navigate it more easily,” Venziale said. “It’s helpful to incorporate athletics into the move since we’re all already on campus, and it’s good to be there to help out. So I think it’s a nice tradition that Elon is doing.


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