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NCSU students: Moving into campus dorms during pandemic

Posted August 1, 2020 3:50 p.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2020 6:40 p.m. EDT

This is a big day for new college students in the Triangle. Many are moving into their campus dorms for their Freshman year at NC State University.

A student's first college move-in day is a big experience. The campuses hustle and bustle as students and parents pull bags of belongings up flights of stairs.

However, at NC State and other campuses around North Carolina – the move is oddly quiet this year. In fact, move-in day seems almost unrecognizable.

“It will definitely be different because of COVID and all that," said Jun Baxley, a college student from Charlotte.

To keep crowds down and protect against the spread of coronavirus, students must make appointments for move-in times spread out over ten days. Students can only bring two people to help.

“For college in general, I am excited. I think the only thing I am not excited about is the communal bathroom," said Baxley.

His father Steve Baxley remember the crowds and chaos of his own college move-in day years ago, and he appreciates the precautions the university is taking.

"To me, it was a positive in a way, because it was so chaotic when I moved in – and there were so many people," he said.

Emma Grace Barnes, who is also from Charlotte, just arrived to campus. She said students must follow other safety measures involving masks and social distance.

When classes start, college courses may look different for this generation of college students.

"I am definitely excited this semester. even though the majority of my classes are online," said Barnes.

And while she looks forward to making new friends, she thinks it will be difficult to meet new people during the pandemic.

Even before students crack a book, university leaders are urging their Pack to be smart about this virus.

“I will probably be fine," said Baxley. "But its really for my grandmother and other people I know that may be vulnerable."

NC State usually houses around 10,000 students, but will only have around 6,700 living on the Raleigh campus this fall.

While the school plans to complete the Fall semester, officials caution students to be ready to easily move out if they are required to close early.

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