The writer used amount when number would have worked better. You drink a certain amount of beer, but a large number of kids shuffle in and out.
So: I remember moving into my dorm room and just being in awe at the number of kids shuffling in and out.
FROM THE SAME ARTICLE: Looking back, I can't image my college experience without my sorority.
I suspect the writer meant imagine, not image. Just a typo.
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