Thousands of students have found their way back to college this week. Friday at SUNY Potsdam was all about the first years. They moved into their new dorms, bought their text books and explored campus. And while there’s nothing but smiles and excitement for what’s to come, students tell our Cara Thomas that they’re a little nervous as well.
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Move-in day marks the beginning of a new chapter in a young adult's life. Parents and family help their loved one unpack their bags, make their dorm feel like home and prepare them for the semester ahead. Karisa Widrick is entering SUNY Potsdam as a music education major and says she's been looking forward to this day ever since orientation.
"I've been really excited to play with people who really want to play and to work with teachers that are passionate," said Widrick.
And other students, like new roommates Juan Perez and Matt Rice, say they're excited to be on their own and find independence.
Rice said, "I'm looking forward to just meeting new people and being in college away from home, excited to do my own thing."
"I've always been with my mom ever since I was a little kid so you know it's nice to get away a little bit," said Perez.
But excitement isn't the only emotion these students are experiencing. With the pressure of classes starting on Monday and finding a place to fit in, these students say they're a little nervous.
Widrick said, "Getting along with people well. Hoping that there are a lot of friendships and stuff. I'm very involved in my church so I'm a little nervous about finding a new one."
"I'm kind of nervous about classes and stuff. I'm not really sure what the level of difficulty is going to be but I'm not too worried, think I'll be able to handle it," said Rice.
But for Perez, he's not necessarily worried about the classes themselves, he's just worried about getting there on time.
He said, "I have a big speaker that hopefully helps me, as an alarm clock."
Students say they’re not thinking about a job, loans, or even sophomore year yet. Right now, they’re just taking it one day at a time, ready to live this year to the fullest.