LCSN: Move-in Day: NMSU students settle in

August 16, 2010. Retrieved online August 16, 2010 from Lauren E. Toney, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – The corridors and staircases of New Mexico State University’s residence halls were bustling with life Sunday as soon-to-be freshmen trudged with boxes upon boxes of belongings, made plans with new friends and roommates and shared emotional goodbyes with family members during the university’s annual move-in day.

By mid-afternoon, more than 60 percent of students had checked in with their respective hall, unloaded their belongings and moved into their campus digs, said Julie Weber, director of Housing and Residential Life.

About 2,900 students on Sunday started their new college lives by moving into dormitories at NMSU’s Piñon, Garcia, Rhodes Garrett Hamiel and Monagle halls and Chamisa Village, she said.

“Move-in day has gone incredibly smoothly this year,” Weber said. “Students and their families have been arriving steadily all day with no traffic jams or rush periods.”

An emotional and exciting event for both students and their parents, Weber said, “After experiencing many, many move-in days, I can spot the parents who are sending their first child off to college and those who are sending their last.”

She continued, “It’s definitely an emotional time, but I haven’t seen any tears yet. It’s also a proud moment for parents and the students are just so excited to start their college careers.”

Mother Veronica Chaparro, of El Paso, was beaming with pride while helping arrange daughter Andrea Chaparro’s belongings in her dorm at Piñon Hall on Sunday afternoon.

“She’s an only child, so it’s definitely an emotional day and I’ll be a little sad to say goodbye, but knowing that she’s only 45 minutes away is comforting,” she said.

“I’m just exhausted,” Andrea Chaparro, 18, said of unloading her things in the Las Cruces heat. “I think I brought everything I own. I definitely brought more than my roommate!”

The last of her siblings to experience college life, Chaparro’s roommate, Carla Casares, 18, who traveled from Artesia to attend NMSU, said, “I think my family and I were as prepared as we could be for this day.”

Despite the afternoon heat and their tired muscles, Casares’ and Chaparro’s excitement over the start of their first college semester didn’t fade.

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