Big blue bins, stacks of luggage and car loads with necessities engulfed the streets around campus Friday, as freshmen moved into the dorms at Indiana State University.
For nineteen year old, Drew Stephens, there was no better choice than to come to ISU with her best friend and new roommate, Jadelyn Watson.
“We knew we wanted to go to the same college since we had been close in high school,” Drew Stephen said. “We did everything together. We even sat next to each other in all of our classes in high school so we knew we wanted to attend the same college. And I thought why not ISU?”
The teens spent three days packing up their belongs in Marshall, Illinois and then headed to campus early Friday morning, where they were greeted with warm inviting faces.
“Everybody’s been very very helpful and you’re never lost,” Drew Stephens said. “Everybody is willing to extend a hand over here.”
A hand that was greatly appreciated by parent Gene Watson.
“It’s amazing how it all works and everybody making it working together, and the traffic flow and the students and the shuttles,” Gene Watson said. “It’s just amazing how it all works in this period of time today so I really love it.”
Jadelyn’s dad brought the girls to move in day. And was overcome with emotion for their new start.
“I’m just a proud parent,” Gene Watson said. “I couldn’t ask for more.”
And for Drew she is just ready to get started.
“Well the way I see it, it’s my first time out on my own completely with no parental supervision,” Drew Stephen said. “If I mess up it’s on me this time. And it’s scary and it’s new but I’m really excited.”
It is expected that this will be the biggest class to date at ISU, with more than twenty-seven hundred students.
But the official numbers won’t be out until next Tuesday.