JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The new school year starts Monday for thousands of students at the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, and the freshmen class is still settling into their new home away from home.
Families and a fleet of volunteers did a lot of heavy lifting this weekend. The extra help made moving onto campus much easier for hundreds of new students, like Garrett Lenzen.
"I'm really looking forward to just meeting a bunch of new people, making new friends and just having a fun experience up here," he said.
Lenzen and his friend Hannah Forwe moved to ASU on Saturday from Morrilton. He will study theater and dreams of becoming a director, while she intends to study psychology.
"I just want to help people," Forwe said, "and let them know that they're not alone."
Before starting classes Monday, they and others prepped their dorm rooms for the year ahead.
"(Move-in) was good," said Porchia Raymond, a freshman from Little Rock. "Everyone was so helpful and sweet and kind. I got everything in less than about 15 minutes. I got situated in two hours. It was really good."
The next item on many students' to-do lists was to buy books.
The ASU bookstore saw long lines Sunday, as students checked off the supplies they needed for their classes.
"I'm really just looking forward to my classes and learning about my major," said Keegan Tatsch, who plans to study engineering.
Tatsch will wake up early Monday morning to make it to his first college calculus class, but like others, he is ready to turn the page to this new chapter in life.
"I think I'll get to do a lot of neat things," he said, "and experience a lot of things that I probably wouldn't experience if I wasn't on campus."