WSU move-in day

With blue skies and not a rain cloud in sight, student move in to the Wichita State University dorms to start a new chapter of life.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting new people," said new freshman Gabe Clark. "I'm also looking forward to the track meets here in Wichita. I was really into that in high school. And of course basketball after last year's great season.

Move-in day was full of seasoned students pitching in to make the transition smoother.

"It was definitely an adjustment living on your own, being independent," remembers sophomore Jade Baker, an Alpha Phi sorority member helping with move in.  "I'm excited for the freshmen and the incoming class."

With major construction taking place on campus, on a new $65-million residence hall, there's some things new students need to know.

"We're going to use the metro-plex and shuttle students back and forth because parking is going to be tough this year, but I don't know, we'll see how it goes," said Baker. "Parking is going to be tough."

She suggests freshman use dorm parking and walk to classes.

"I know so many times I'd get in my car and drive to campus from the dorms and I don't understand why when you spend 20 minutes finding parking when I could have just walked in that time," she said.

Baker also says don't shy away from dorm food. "Take advantage of the free meals if you have a meal plan because it's actually pretty good."

Move-in day can also be a tough time for first time college parents moving their kids out of the nest. Marci Berry and her son are from Colorado and chose WSU because of the Aerospace program.

"The first time we vistited here it was just synergy," she said. "He's the first one leaving the nest and we are very excited about being here."

She gives this advice to her son and those that will be in his freshman class:

"Do everything you can do with as many people as you can do it with. There's so much here for you to open up your world."

This just kicks off two weeks of events called "Welcomefest" on the WSU campus. It's a way to meet people and gather information about various campus departments and programs.

For more on the shuttle program click here.

For a WSU parking map click here.