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9:31 PM  Aug 27th, 2014
by Erin Callahan '15

Bedspread? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Desk lamp? Check.

Once students move in and unpack their bags, there’s still a few things left on the list, and they can be found at the UD Bookstore.

What’s next? Textbooks.

Hundreds of students placed their orders to be shipped early and they brought their books to campus. The thousands of others chose to brave the lines during move-in weekend and shop in-store, which made for a busy day for customers and employees.

But thanks to a little patience and a lot of caffeine, the long waits in line and the long shifts at work ended with success.

Starting in 2012, any student who toured campus and submitted a FAFSA by the deadline was awarded a $500 scholarship, renewable each semester for four years. Students from three classes are currently eligible to receive the scholarship, and that accounted for a lot of the transactions over the weekend.

While the cost of textbooks can be steep, the bookstore has taken steps to help students prevent paying out of pocket. Scholarship funds can now be used on rental textbooks, a potential savings of 30 percent.

I usually work part time at the bookstore but worked full time this weekend, and noticed about 25 percent of scholarship-eligible students chose to rent at least one book. Several were able to stay within the $500 limit because of it.

Now, cross textbooks off the list, and think of what’s left. It may be a student’s first day on campus, and they want to show off their Flyer pride. Or maybe a senior has some worn out clothes and wants to update their wardrobe. What better way than with a new UD T-shirt or hoodie?

Among the baskets full of books, there was usually a pair of arms full of new red and blue gear too.

Cross the last thing off that checklist, and relax. No matter the year, the first day of classes is always the start of something great.

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