AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s time to dust off the notebooks and sharpen the pencils. School will soon be back in session. 22News visited UMass Amherst as this year’s freshman class moved in.
They face new experiences, and living on their own for the first time. The college move-in experience brought out a range of emotions for students and their parents.
Alexa Rockwell met her dorm neighbors for the first time. She, and thousands of others are beginning their four year academic and social journey at college.
The first challenge for UMass students in this new year was just getting onto the campus. Traffic was backed up all the way off the highway exit. Once they got on campus, they were guided by police and signs to their check-in location.
From there, these freshmen headed to their dorms, where they were met by one of 600 Minute Movers, who helped with the heavy lifting that comes with a college move-in.
These Minute Movers are also current students, who know the stress of the first day. “Being an only child I didn’t have siblings that have been to college before and my parents didn’t know anything about it so it was really nice to just be able to walk up to anybody and ask questions,” said Minute Mover Jordan Euvrard.
For many, they’ll be living on their own for the first time. “It’s going to be different. I think it’s going to be hard. I’m definitely going to miss home, but I know some people going here so I think that will help the transition. I’m nervous, but I think it’ll be fine,” said Alexa Rockwell, an incoming UMass Freshman.
Parents said their goodbyes, and captured the moment on camera. “I’m extremely proud of her,” said Alexa’s Mom, Debra. “I’m very proud of her. I’m going to miss her. I’m going to miss having her around the house, she’s the life of the house.”
This fall, UMass in total with be home to nearly 13,400 students. Freshmen will continue a staggered move-in through Sunday. Undergraduate classes begin on Tuesday.