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Move-in day at American International College

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Dorm posters, mini fridges, and other necessary college must-haves were eagerly transported Sunday during Move-In Day at American International College.

Incoming freshman arrived and were greeted by American International College staff members and President Vincent Maniaci, who personally assisted students with the move. Lines of new students trailed into Shea Library for check in, where they received further details about their upcoming year. 

“This is my room!” says Noah, one of 500 new students beginning their college career at AIC.

Not only was Noah excited about the big move, but also his family. “My mom has been harassing me non-stop for the past few weeks. So I'm excited to be going, and starting a new chapter”.

“It’s a very bittersweet day for parents. You want to hold them, but then you don’t want to,” said Cherise Iron, Noah's mother.

The full day event consisted of a large barbeque and live music.  

Maniaci says that there’s two days out of the year when he gets the most emotional – move in day and graduation.

When asked what gets him most emotional, Maniaci admits, “When I see 300lb football players starting to get a little emotional, saying goodbye to their parents, and then again on graduation day. When I see some of my kids grow up and really develop...”.

He says that he makes an effort to personally welcome the students, and, it’s working.  

“It’s a really home-like environment. I feel like I’m really welcomed here”, says Maniaci.

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