Finding a new home away from home

NEW BULLDOGS: Heidi Petersen (center), a freshman from Greenville, unloads decorations for her dorm room with her mother and sisters. The majority of Ferris students moved in on Friday.

BIG RAPIDS — A flurry of activity centered around Ferris State University took over Big Rapids this week as students returned to campus for the 2013-14 academic year.

The majority of students moved in on Friday, with the help of their parents, friends and volunteers with the Bulldogs in Action program, an initiative that enlists upperclassmen to help freshmen move in.

“I wanted to promote Greek life and encourage people to go to recruitment,” said Katie Stephenson, a junior who volunteered with Bulldogs in Action for the first time this year.

WELCOME TO COLLEGE: Ferris State University students and their families unloaded belongings as students moved to campus on Friday. (Pioneer photos/Lauren Fitch)

Thomas Peterson, a freshman from Caro, unpacked his belongings in Vandercook Hall with the help of his mother, father and brother.

Feeling nervous about trigonometry and doing his own laundry, overall Peterson is excited to start college. Classes begin Monday.

“I don’t know what to expect, so I guess I’m looking forward to the experience,” he said.

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