Thousands of new students began moving onto campus at Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday morning to start a new school year.
Around 2,600 students will live on the New Haven campus and nearly 1,000 of them are freshmen.
Stephanie Soete, of Farmingdale, New York, is one of them and said she’s a little anxious about living away from her parents for the first time.
“I’m nervous, but excited, I guess, to be on my own” she said.
Moms and dads were fighting back the emotions of seeing their children off while dealing with the heavy lifting of moving them into their dorms.
For some, the move-in is nostalgic.
“For me, it was fun remembering when I did it 20 years ago. Now she’s going off 18 years later,” Lou Colon, of Newington, said as he and his family helped move their daughter to school.
And as much as on-campus living has changed over the years, one thing that remains the same is that students are still concerned about living in a tiny space.
“It’s going to be hard to get used to because it is so small compared to being at home with all my stuff. Now I have a limited amount of stuff” Soete said.
Some said they are concerned about living with a complete stranger.
“You don’t really know someone until you live with them. So, it’s going to be a new experience too. So hopefully it works out,” Cynthia Montero, a freshman from Stamford, said.
However, the chance to live and learn with friends is something students said they know only happens once in a lifetime and, for that, they’re excited.
“Meeting new people and getting to know them, other people on my floor and in my room. … It should be a lot of fun,” Garret Masocco, of Meriden, said.