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Move-In Day for Southwestern University Freshmen

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Sarah Heathershaw is moving from just down the road in Round Rock to her new dorm at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

“I liked the small size of the campus. It's close to home, but it's also far enough away from home," Heathershaw said.

It's a special day for the hundreds of freshmen moving in, but it's also an important milestone for the oldest university in the state.

"It's going to be 175 years old this coming year, but no matter what, no matter how many times we do it, the new students arriving bring a whole new energy to campus," Southwestern University President Edward Burger said.

That energy is shown in force as new families are greeted with a massive moving crew of faculty, alumni and athletes that quickly breeze all their belongings up into their new home.

"Southwestern is really a family. It's a very, very small school,” Burger said. “We're proud of the fact that we want to know each other and welcome each other."

After a quick wardrobe change, even the president helped out in the move.

Heathershaw's dad, John Heathershaw, says it's that mentality that made them choose the college.

"That's what endeared us to it,” he said. “I mean, you go to a school like U.T., they don’t even know, you're a number, here it's so interactive, so one-on-one. That's invaluable when it comes to education

Now that she's all moved in, Heathershaw says she's ready to get started.

"I'm excited to get the room all set up and get situated here on campus,” she said. “I'm excited."

In four, short years, she'll get to participate in another century-long tradition—climbing to the top of Cullen tower and adding her name to the wall of Pirate graduates.

Students from 21 other states and five other countries make up Southwestern's freshman class. They will have a week to participate in orientation activities before classes start the Aug. 25.

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