COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- New York native and incoming freshman Daijanae Mike and her mom unloaded their truck and moved Mike into her new home away from home.
Despite coronavirus concerns, she says she's ready.
"Honestly, I'm just ready to start my classes," said Daijanae.
A campus usually crawling with new and returning students is now only allowing a few students to move in at a time.
"Due to COVID, we've extended over four days," said Housing Director Andrew Moneymaker.
Moneymaker said students move in by appointment this year, this to ensure social distancing and contactless check-in.
He said move-in day this year is bittersweet.
In efforts to keep students safe, welcome activities like playing music and handing out snow cones were canceled.
"It's way different than it has been in the past but, we've had a lot of good attitudes from students and parents," said Moneymaker.
Although coronavirus is a concern, Daijanae said that's not her biggest concern.
"The only thing I'm nervous about is being without my mom, I can't live without my mom."