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2,000 students move in on UK's last move-in day

Posted at 2:19 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 18:31:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Students have been moving into residence halls at the University of Kentucky for a few days, but Wednesday was a big day, with around 2,000 students making the move to campus.

The university's president, Eli Capilouto, was out to help the students during move-in.

Freshman Edward Herrera, who packed up his stuff and moved all the way from California to study business, had an especially big day. Herrera said he is excited and a little anxious.

"I'm just nervous to meet all of my roommates. I'm going to spend a long time with these people. I got to make sure I'm cool with them. If not, whoops," said Herrera.

Herrera's mother, Sandra, said she is also having mixed feelings.

"Just mom feelings. A little sad, but more excited than anything," said Sandra.

These two weren't alone as about 2,000 students moved in, with help from faculty, including Capilouto, which is a moment he said he enjoys.

"When you talk to families and when you talk to students about what they hope to achieve and what they hope to become and how they want to do it in partnership with us, you fulfill 150 years of tradition," said Capilouto.

While families carted boxed and suitcases, the school's a cappella group kept spirits high.

Volunteers handed out water and popsicles to keep families cool during the heat.

It was a familiar site for Deborah Baker, a long-time faculty member who's worked about 30 move-in days. That seems like a lot, but she said it never gets boring.

"Every year I look forward to it. It's a lot of work and it's very stressful and it's hot or it rains or its cold, but we look forward to just moving them in and welcoming them and just getting them into their hall," said Baker.

And getting students ready for a brand new year.