Phillip Storie has called Clemson home for less than a month, but the connection he already feels with his new school has made it seem a lot longer.

Phillip and Andrea Storie on Move-In Day
Image Credit: Storie Family

The Division of Student Affairs has played a big role in fostering that connection.

Along with his mother, Andrea, the T.L. Hanna High School valedictorian made the short trip to Tigertown over the summer for one of his first impressions of the university — New Student Orientation.

“That was great,” said Storie, whose parents are both from Canada but who spent most of his formative years in nearby Anderson and Pendleton. “They highlighted the great resources you have here at Clemson. They had students come in and talk about their experiences. They addressed every aspect I was worried about.”

One of the aspects that may cause an incoming student — and certainly a parent — to stress is the move-in process. But for Phillip Storie, that couldn’t have gone any smoother.

Student Affairs Publications, the marketing and promotional arm of the division, reached out over the summer, convincing the Storie family to allow documentation of his move-in to Core Campus C building. What resulted was a 30-second video (see below) that ran on the division’s social media channels shortly after move-in weekend.

“The move-in video was such a treat for our family,” said Andrea Storie. “It will be a lifetime memory for us. It made what could have been an emotional moment fun and sweet.”

And it made for a great share on social media for Phillip Storie.

Phillip Storie, a freshman, and his mother Andrea during Move-In Weekend.

Phillip and Andrea Storie at Move-In Day
Image Credit: Student Affairs Publications

“Oh I definitely posted it proudly to my Facebook page and everything,” he laughed.

It didn’t take long for the youngest member of the Storie family — Phillip’s older brother Matthew is a senior at nearby Furman University — to become involved on the Clemson campus. With over 500 student organizations from which to choose, he found one that fit both his passion for engineering and desire to make a difference in the community.

Storie joined Engineers Without Borders, a student-led service organization that works on projects to create solutions for problems in developing countries. He also plans to audition for jazz band in the spring.

“Everything is so well-organized and is designed for Clemson students to have a good time.”

Even if you’ve only been enrolled for less than a month.