SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va - Even though traffic was backed up throughout the day in Shepherdstown, excitement filled the air on campus for the incoming Shepherd University freshmen class.

It's a day students have been waiting for all summer; and after talking and texting for months, freshman Kianna Miller and Brianna Goddard met for first time.

"Reality finally sunk in, never thought this day would actually come," said Miller. "Here it is, it's crazy, I can't believe I'm no longer a high school student, I'm becoming an adult." 

"It's very nice, we had talked before, we know what each other look like," said Goddard. "We knew what majors we are going into and what sports we like, so meeting each other is very nice" 

College students streamed into the residence halls throughout the day, settling into their rooms, while receiving help from their parents and the upperclassmen.

It was a day of new beginnings for Konrad Idzak, as a first-generation American, who's of Polish decent.

"It's a great feeling knowing that I'm moving forward in my life, going to the next step, said Idczak. “Hopefully I get a nice job after this, but I feel great doing this. It's a great opportunity." 

"We are very excited that so many new students are coming in and want to live in the residence hall, so they have to build strong communities," said Liz Sechler, director of residence life.  "We are very excited to have over a hundred student leaders on campus, helping them begin." 

While many freshman said it was a very special day moving into the residence halls, parents said it was a very bittersweet moment as they said goodbye to their children.

"We are overwhelmed, can't say enough how proud we are of her, overwhelmed with everything right now,” said Holly Price, mother of Kiana Miller.

Approximately 400 students participated in Thursday’s residence hall move-in at Shepherd University. The move-in times ran from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Classes at Shepherd University begin on Monday.  


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