Any BU student who has dragged a laundry cart filled with belongings into a residence hall during move-in weekend has run into a red-shirted volunteer eager to help, whether carrying bags or directing parents to a nearby coffee shop. These students, alumni, and faculty and staff members are the Scarlet Squad, and they are recruiting volunteers for the fall semester’s move-in. BU Today is highlighting a few of last year’s members.
Caitlin Cox (CAS’10) joined the Scarlet Squad so that she could move into her dorm room a few days before everyone else — but found that getting a head-start was just one of many rewards.
“Scarlet Squad is one of the first impressions that incoming freshmen have of BU,” Cox says. “Move-in can be both scary and exhilarating, and I liked the idea of being a part of that and giving back to the BU community.”
Cox was a Scarlet Squad captain. In addition to greeting families, directing traffic, and answering questions, she assigned jobs and coordinated breaks for other volunteers. Because she is going to be a resident assistant next year, Cox won’t be able to participate in Scarlet Squad in the fall, but she encourages others to volunteer.
“Each individual provides another unique perspective,” she says. “It is also important to add more life and energy to an already thriving program. It is a great way to meet new people and make friends who you would not necessarily meet in a class, but who are like-minded.”
If you’d like to become a Scarlet Squad volunteer during the fall 2008 semester move-in, click here to sign up.
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