Nearly 2,200 students will move into the dorms at Chico State this week before the start of the fall semester. Hundreds of incoming freshmen made their way onto campus Tuesday to get settled into their new environment. Chico State freshman Taylor Strickland says she is looking forward to living on her own.
"It's a huge responsibility, but i'm really independent and ready to take it on. So it should be a good time. I'm excited," she says.
Some students say the hardest part is packing for the move, while others say the real challenge is finding room for all of their belongings.
Incoming freshman Abby Walker says, "I think after everything is out of the car, putting everything in (the dorm) and decorating. is going be the hardest part."
"I have my whole closet with me so that should be interesting. I just bought a bunch of new stuff also so I have a lot of things. It should be a fun move," says Strickland.
Student volunteers try to make the process a little easier by directing traffic, checking people in, and even lending a helping hand.
Ken Hyske, whose son moved into the dorms on Tuesday, says, "They have a lot of volunteers who are here, students, to help the unloading process and it just takes minutes. It's really a well run operation."
Throughout the week dozens of cars will line up outside the dorms as parents help their kids settle into their new home. One of the hardest parts of it all is saying goodbye.
"It's going to be different. It's going to be tough. My wife and I will be empty-nesters so it'll be a whole new phase of life for us, but there's always the internet, skyping, and we're only a couple hours away so it'll work out," says Hyske.
Although some students say they'll miss home, most are looking forward to college life. Legion Avenue will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. To 6 p.m. for the next few days to allow students to move in. Classes at Chico State begin August 27th.