CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The back to school celebration isn't over just yet, for some it’s just beginning.
College students around the state are gearing up for a life changing journey.
“You can tell that there are a lot of tears beings shed or tears that are beings suppressed,” said President Houston Davis of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
"I was relieved,” Ryan King said.
He’s one of many freshman who set foot on UCA’s campus this week for the first time. It’s a moment many teens anticipate for years.
"I remember showing up on my freshman day and just feeling so excited. Then these people in orange shirts swarmed my car and be before I knew it, my car cables were up in my room,” said Ashlin Stock.
The Student Orientation Staff heads up the move in operation and can’t be missed in their bright, neon orange shirts.
"I've been here since Wednesday, I moved in early,” said King.
With hundreds of volunteers, the university takes pride in making the experience a breeze for those entering this exciting season of life. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all hands on.
“To think that 1,800 people have been willing to come out and put their hands on suitcases, refrigerators and all of these other things to help students move in and feel like they're at home really is special,” Davis said.
The new president is eager to begin his first full fall semester on campus.
“It's a great university, Conway is an outstanding community. I feel blessed to be here and provide leadership,” he added.
“We get all of their stuff and move it up to their room,” said Stock.
Freshman and their families don't have to lift a finger while moving in. They simply pull up to their dorm and watch their cars empty out.
"I'm with the Student Orientation Staff. Our job is to help the freshman and make sure their move in day is as smooth and easy as possible,” Stock said.
“Its really quick and organized. It's going a lot faster than I thought it would,” said King.
He can’t wait to see what the next four years of his life has in store.
"I think it’ll be a nice new start and I’ll get to meet some new people. Hopefully it’ll be a great year,” King said.
President Davis said this freshman group may end up being the most academically talented class in the history of UCA. The university gave out more scholarships than ever and class size is up about eight percent as of now.
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