Junior Shelbi Swenson talks about her emotional experience of moving out of Bethel University May 19, 2016. “This week is crazy,” Swenson said. “My roommate just moved out today so it’s kind of sad on the floor. It’s just kind of emotional when people start leaving.” | Photo by Grace Gaffney

Tales from finals: Moving out and moving on

Bethel University students share their stories about move out day this year.

By Grace Gaffney, Brianna Shaw and Serina Brasseur | Royal Report

During the last week of school, Bethel University students can be seen scattered throughout the BC, studying for exams, missing friends that have already left and waiting to drive off campus after their last final ends. With finals week and moving out comes a mix of emotions.

For junior Shelbi Swenson, the experience of moving out is both sad and hectic. Swenson lived in freshmen housing this year with her roommate who was a shift leader in Edgren. As finals week comes to a close, Swenson is one of the few left on the floor.

“This week is crazy,” Swenson said. “My roommate just moved out today so it’s kind of sad on the floor. It’s just kind of emotional when people start leaving.”

As Swenson plans to leave campus late tonight, her biggest worry is how she will move out all on her own.

“The hardest part will be getting the fridge down the stairs by myself,” Swenson said.


“I got no feelings, no good ones, no bad ones.” — Ben Shiffer, sophomore

Friends and sophomores Ben Shiffer and Erik Shultz talk about moving out of Bethel and their plans for the summer May 19, 2016. “I got no feelings, no good ones no bad ones,” Shiffer said. | Photo by Grace Gaffney

Best friends Erik Shultz and Ben Shiffer end their sophomore year on a very impartial note. Shultz got ahead of the game and officially checked out of his third floor Lissner room Monday, but stuck around until Friday to finish two last finals of the week. Although he’s going to miss his roommates that won’t be coming back to school next year, leaving Bethel is not going to be a hard transition for him. Along with Shultz, Shiffer’s move out experience is relaxed and matches his “go with the flow” attitude.

“I got no feelings, no good ones, no bad ones,” sophomore Ben Shiffer said.

For freshman Lissa Tin, it’s a different story. Tin plans on leaving campus in her silver 2012 Hyundai Sonata Friday at 3 p.m. She was lucky to find her freshman roommate, Christabella Morse, who put up with her coming back into their dorm room late at night, so she’s sad to see her go.

Freshman Lissa Tin reflects on her time at Bethel University May 19, 2016. “I’m sad,” Tin said, “I’m not going to be able to see everyone.” | Photo by Grace Gaffney

While finals week is ending, Tin remains one of the few on her floor. Tin mentioned that she was going to miss cooking noodles and curry downstairs in Getsch’s basement, and having a place to study.

“I’m sad,” Tin said, “I’m not going to be able to see everyone.”

While the BC winds down and fewer students remain, each of them holds a story on moving out. With moving out comes a conglomeration of emotions, and each student reacts differently to the process. Some sad, some relieved and some indifferent.

More about Lissa Tin:

What she’s doing over summer: Planning a trip to Ohio, Boston and (hopefully) San Diego

Lives in: Getsch

Saddest part about moving out: Won’t have a place to study anymore

More about Shelbi Swenson:

What she’s doing over summer: Making jewelry with her mom

Lives in: Edgren

Saddest part about moving out: Leaving her roommate

More about Ben Shiffer:

What he’s doing over summer: Working at Maynard’s in Excelsior

Lives in: Lissner

Saddest part about moving out: Nothing

More about Erik Schultz:

What he’s doing over summer: Going to California this Sunday, playing a little golf and

Lives in: Lissner

Saddest part about moving out: Saying goodbye to roommates