STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi State University welcomed new and returning students to campus August 10th as they moved into campus residence halls.
According to Director of Housing and Residence Life Ann Bailey, nearly 3,000 students were checked in by noon.
Alexis Young has been anticipating this day for months.
"I mean, I'm going to college," Young said. "I'm very excited."
But she didn't always express those feelings of happiness when she realized she was leaving her home of 18 years.
"At first, I was a little sad, and it's kind of a bittersweet moment leaving my mom," she said.
Alexis' father passed away when she was six years old, so she said making the college-life adjustment won't be a walk in the park.
"It's just me and my mom," Young said. "That's my heart. I'd do anything for my mom. It's a big move."
The 8th annual Movin' You to MSU was held this year and marks the opening of all residence hall for thousands of students.
"I am exhausted, but I'm so excited," said incoming freshman Samuel Hansen.
Freshmen move in day also signifies something else other than new living quarters.
For most, it's leaving families behind for the first time.
"It will definitely be an emotional moment when I say goodbye," Hansen said.
For Gulfport resident Eugene Cowick, it means saying goodbye to his youngest child.
"I'm excited for her because I know she's going off to do something on her own," Cowick said. "I'm gonna miss her. The house is gonna be a little more quiet."
Cowick said he is already looking forward to the holiday breaks.
"Ill be excited to see her and talk to her and find out her experiences of being away from home for a while," he said. "I think that will be interesting."
At the end of the move in day, regardless of age or background, most seemed to have the same thought, exhaustion.
"I just want to take a nap," Hansen said.
"It's very tiring too," Young explained. "I'm wore out."
MSU residence life said they now house nearly 4,800 students on campus since the construction of several residence halls in recent years.
Classes begin August 19th.