Freshmen descend on Point Park University on move-in day
Dozens of volunteers operated like a well-oiled machine to move in hundreds of Point Park University freshman on Thursday.
The urban campus has a unique set of challenges since it's situated right in the hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh. The university has created a system for move-in that is performed by volunteers and frees up families to say their goodbyes and explore the city.
"It's all hands on deck," said Chelsea Yohash, graduate assistant for the university's Department of Student Affairs. "We all come together and help the families and the students move in."
She and dozens of student and faculty volunteers unloaded cars and sorted items into bins that were wheeled down Boulevard of the Allies and into the freshman dorms.
Although the urban environment can pose some move-in challenges, it's is also the reason that many students choose Point Park.
Freshman Tiffany Walker, 18, moved in with the help of her mom, brother and a family friend.
She's majoring in cinema and looks forward to the opportunities Pittsburgh can offer. She comes from rural Somerset County.
"I prefer the city," she said. "I just like a busy lifestyle."
Walker dreams of being an actor and director.
"I definitely want to make films," Walker said. "I'm really excited to be creative."
Family friend Mark Gontis said he's looking forward to the success Walker will have with a college education.
"We'll see her on Broadway eventually," he said.
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Freshman Danielle Warren, 18, from Clearfield, had help from her mom and both grandmothers. She's majoring in psychology.
"I'm excited to be in a new environment and meet new people," she said.
Warren's mom, Sandy Warren, said she's looking forward to her daughter making new friends and enjoying the city.
"I know she will succeed," Warren said.
Both grandmothers hope Warren will be able to secure a good job after college and have plenty of job opportunities.
"I think she'll get a good experience out of it," said Cindy Bailer, her maternal grandmother.
Freshman Jacob Blankenbaker, 18, from Maryland, chose Point Park because it was one of only a few schools to offer his major of intelligence and national security.
His parents hope he will be able to network and complete valuable internships while in Pittsburgh.
"There's so much to do here," said Julie Blankenbaker, his mother. "We love Pittsburgh."
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @emilybalser.