As the spring semester comes to a close, students living in the residence halls on campus pack away their belongings and prepare to move out of their dorms.
Mehul Mehta is a freshman majoring in biomedical sciences. When he moves out of the door, he will be putting all of his belongings in a storage garage for the summer because he will be heading home to Oman, a country on the Arabian Peninsula, east of Saudi Arabia.
“I am not looking forward to moving out,” said Mehta. “I do not like packing up, and I do not like leaving my friends.
Like Mehta, Anthony Teta, an RA for Holly C, is not looking forward to moving out of the dorms for the summer.
“It’s a lot of work for the RA’s, too,” said Teta. “Not only do we have to move ourselves out of our rooms, but we have to make sure all of the residents are moved out on time and correctly.”
While checking residents out of their rooms, RAs have to check for any damage to the rooms, make sure all belongings are gone, fill out paperwork for each room, clean the mail rooms and remove signs and decorations from the floors and halls of their residence hall.
Although the moving out process is tedious, the way USF Housing & Education has developed it has made it simple, said Mehta.
All freshmen are required to live on campus their first year, so most seek housing in off-campus apartments after that. But Mehta said he would return in the fall to live on campus again.
“I like living in the dorms because it’s close to classes,” said Mehta. “I’m excited to move back in with my roommate from this year.”
According to the Housing and Resident Education website, the residence halls close at 5 p.m. on May 7.
Residence halls will reopen at 10 a.m. on May 13 for students attending classes during the Summer A and C sessions. USF Housing is accommodating students who need to stay for the week of break before summer classes begin.