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GV uses social media for move in week #gvsumovein

Last week, more than 6,000 new and returning students moved into living centers at Grand Valley State University. As students and their parents lugged in clothes, TVs, microwaves and other room essentials, they were encouraged to post stories and pictures to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #gvsumovein.

Emily Moschel, a first-time resident assistant in Stafford, used Twitter to share some of her experiences. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Lakers were welcomed to campus with a full day of rain.  That day Moschel tweeted, “bring your boat to campus #getwetlakers#gvsumovein.” Other students shared pictures of packed cars, new roommates and President Thomas Haas, who helped with the move in. 

“I think social media should be utilized,” Moschel said. “I realize a majority of people have a smartphone so it's a good way to reach people.”

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Moschel, along with more than 600 alumni, students, faculty and staff members, helped with the three day move-in process from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20.

“Move in was a long process,” she said. “We worked two 12-hour days after coming off 10-hour days of RA training, so by the end I think everyone was exhausted. It was all worth it though. Now our residents are here and we can't wait for them to fall in love with GVSU.” 

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