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SIUC welcomes new students on move-in day

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- SIUC welcomed hundreds of new students as they moved into their dorms on move-in day.

While some incoming students are nervous about starting school at SIUC, others, like incoming freshman Cally Diss are more excited than nervous.

"I'm pretty excited," Diss said. "I already saw some kids that I knew and met lots of new people so I'm looking forward to it."

Diss and her parents drove five hours down from Grand Ridge, Illinois, and she welcomes the changes.

"I've never moved from home before, first time on my own," Diss said.

Volunteers from different groups were on campus helping families move in, including seniors Ray Franklin and Rashad Woods, from the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.

"To just give back to the community, make it easier because we know how hard it was moving in freshman year," Franklin said.

Some families told News 3 they were thankful for the helping hands.

"We love the help, it's like clockwork," said Gaspar Zavala, from Tinley Park, Illinois. 

His family moved their first child into college and it took them way less time than expected.

"[It took] maybe 4 minutes," Zavala said. "The police directed us, we parked by the curb, the students were right there, they were unloading even before I got out the back, as soon as I checked the back they were gone and take it away. Next car coming in, it was amazing."

Move-in day is not only a day families look forward to, but staff too, including folks overseeing new student programs.

"We're excited about it, we really are, I think it's going to be a great opportunity for all our students to really be part of a vibrant community here at SIU," said Cordy Love, New Student Programs Director.

Shannon Schroeder, New Student Programs Coordinator, said it's one her favorite times of the year.

"I drove onto campus this morning and got all excited and started screaming to my sister on the phone because everybody was on campus moving in. Today is my favorite day out of the whole year," said Shannon Schroeder, New Student Programs Coordinator.

Friday, the busyness continues as returning students move in from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student Programs leaders expect more than 1400 students to move in this weekend. 

In the midst of move-in day at SIU, the school also hosted Saluki Startup, an event for students to get to know each other and have some fun.

There is everything from rock climbing, to corn hole games and free giveaways. There are also local businesses, campus organizations and a church group taking part, introducing students to various programs and resources.

Saluki Startup will continue Friday and Saturday for families interested in coming out to the free event. Click here for more info.

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