JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Emotion mixed with excitement for thousands of students moving into the ASU dorms Saturday, and parents sending their kids off into the world.
It was a mad house with students packing up their lives and stepping forward into new possiblities. For many freshman, it was their first step towards independence.
It was move in day, with many students like, Freshman Cassi Nealy, living on their own for the first time. "Probably a lot of phone calls and a lot of, I need help Mom," says Nealy and living three hours away from home doesn't help. "I don't know anyone so I'm really nervous about meeting new people. I'm excited though, just nervous about my 8:30 class."
It is a day when parents realize their children are growing up and it's often hard to let go. "I'm going to miss her so much and she's my last one so I'm going to have an empty nest. It's kind of sad," says mother Tonya Nealy.
Sororities, fraternities, and volunteers from Central Baptist were all providing a helping hand. "There are a lot of people out there helping," says student Kali Roscon.
Students had their lives sitting out on the curb, and in an assembly line fashion students moved everything from refrigerators to cleaning supplies and cloths. With in-coming freshmen all anxious about what the year holds.
"I don't really know what to expect just waiting to see," says Roscon.
"I expect to make a lot of new friends and I guess just start my real life, my own life.," says Angel Burrow, who came from Conway. She says the move is going to be a big change. "I've always been really close to family so it's going to be a growing up experience."
"Angel is my granddaughter and she's lived with us over the last year. I think it'll be good for her. I think she needs this," says Sandra Sanders, but says it's tough to say goodbye.
"I told her the other day that I'm going to miss having her around and having to make her get up in the morning. She's going to have to get herself up...that's going to be hard (laughing)."
Students have the rest of the weekend to get settled in. Classes begin August 23rd.