CHICO, Calif. - Chico State University began moving-in incoming students to the dorms today.
Chico State University closed off Legion Ave. for move-in day.
The university had over 600 voulnteers that were faculty, staff and students to welcome their new "Wildcats." Students were nervous about being away from home, but were mostly excited about their new-found independence.
"Honestly I think I'll be okay," Sophia Pavlik, Fremont resident. "I'll miss my mom and my grandma and my dad, but I'm excited to 'kinda' be a little independent and be on my own for a little bit."
The Executive Director of University Housing, Connie Huyck, said first semester freshmen and transfer students will be filling the dorms of the University Village, as well as 100 returning students.
Huyck said living on campus gives students the opportunity to meet each other, and develop a sense of community and belonging in the residence halls.
For Arroyo Grande resident, Zoe Paulsen, there wasn't much concern about distance from home, but for her father, and with Zoe being the only daughter, it's bittersweet.
"I think it's a good distance, it's not like out of state it's not like close, it's a good medium," Zoe said.
"I'm excited about it we always, we'd like to keep her at home but I think this is the right place for her," said Zoe's father, Aaron Paulsen.
Some students even followed in their parents footsteps and came to Chico State as a college legacy.
A student from San Francisco, said her decision was mostly unitentional, but was lucky enough to move in alongside her older brother who transferred to Chico State this year.
"I'm excited I mean I know he's kinda gonna do his own thing, but at the end of the day it's pretty cool... Chico family - my mom went to Chico too," said San Francisco resident, Elise Stewart.
Huyck encourages students and parents to be patient and to know, for some, it's going to be an emotional time.
She shared some words of advice for the incoming students, "It's just about getting involved and putting yourself out there and getting involved in the programs that we have available to students for them to get to know each ther and to feel more like home here."
Huyck said, instead of moving in 2,000 students in one day, the university decided to split it up into two days.
After the amount of traffic that affected the community last year, the housing department said they are excited about this possibility.