AUSTIN (KXAN) - Friday morning thousands of students and parents packed up their bags, cars and made their way to the University of Texas for the 20th annual "Mooov-In."
About 5,000 freshman students are expected to make their homes away from home in one of he 14 resident halls across the 40 acres.
"We have a Texas parents Facebook page and somebody was talking about two cars and two SUVs and another parent said, 'you're bringing too much' and I thought that was really great advice from one parent to another," said the Vice President of Student Affairs, Gage Paige, Ph.D. "You have to move it all in and that's really what our great Mooov-In tradition is about, to help people feel welcomed and make it simpler."
Students check in at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Once there they will get their room keys and information needed. The university said it set this system up to help with the congestion.
Students go into one line to pick up their packets while parents go in another. Parents are then encouraged to write a post card to their student that will be mailed to their dorm. It was an emotional process for some parents as realty set in, their kids are all grown up.
“It’s very tough especially being so far away and not being right here for her," said Terri Goluba whose family is from London. Her 18-year-old daughter Ashley will be a freshman. “She’s got a good head on her shoulders, she’s been around the world and traveled a lot so I know she’s going to be good and safe and all that stuff.”
If people don't have to be on campus, UT officials are advising people just to avoid the area. Expect heavier traffic along Martin Luther King Blvd. and Guadalupe St., Dean Keeton St. and Red River St.
"If your going to come by campus in the next two or three days it's going to be crazy." Said Paine. "That's all there is to it, but again part of the reason to stagger people and have assigned times throughout the day. That way, they don't all come at the same time."
There will be about 200 students coming in at a time during their designated time slot. UT said this helps spread out the students and make the lines shorter.
Students like Nelson Ortega, 19, from Dallas transferred from North Lake Community College. He drove up by himself without his parents, packed a cart, and made his way up to his new home at the Jester Center.
“Finally found a spot came up here tried to get into the hallway door by my ID wasn’t working had to go downstairs so it’s been pretty hectic, but it's good," said Ortega who got to campus around 6:45 a.m.
He came ready to move wearing a t-shirt and shorts, something university officials are urging parents to do as well.
"The biggest thing I would say to families coming here is to dress comfortably," said Paine. "No matter how many volunteers we have no matter how fast we move it takes a little patience a little time and a little water to get through this process."
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