August 29, 2022 at 9:15am
Kendall Trump, Class of 2013

First-year students find home at Millikin

Excitement, anticipation and a touch of nerves buzzed across Millikin University’s campus this week as first-year students arrived to move into their dorms and start their college journey. From checking in at the University Commons to unpacking their belongings in the arrival court, the new members of the Big Blue family were eager to get started on making Millikin their new home. “We are really excited for new students to come back on campus for move-ins,” said Nicole DeLiberis, director of Campus Life Residential Communities. 

Those wheeling in refrigerators and other large furniture pieces were a touch less excited, but glowing all the same (some say with sweat, but this author only saw smiles through those gritted teeth.)

Each August, Millikin’s move-in days offer the campus community, including faculty, staff, administration and Student Experience Ambassadors (SEAs), the chance to meet and get to know new students and assist them with their transition to campus life. “All of the professional and paraprofessional staff members have worked hard to prepare to serve and welcome new students to the Big Blue family so they can have an opportunity to join in on the start of their lifetime of learning,” DeLiberis commented. 

Move-in days are just the start of New Student Welcome Week on Millikin’s campus. New students, including first-year students, international students and transfer students take part in a host of programs and events for them to discover Millikin’s vast array of academic, recreational and service opportunities, as well as to prepare them for success before classes officially begin on August 22.