By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 22, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- About 2,000 freshmen moved into their new homes on Tuesday at FAMU.
Coming home has a new meaning for 18-year-old Michael McCullough. He's on his own; no more mom and dad waiting when he opens the door.
"I'm real excited," he said. "I'm not really used to being alone for that long of a time, because my mom likes to hold on to me. So, I'm actually ready to start something new and to be by myself."
His parents were there on move-in day, making sure he's all settled, before leaving plenty essentials, and their baby, behind.
"I'm happy, excited, and nervous all at the same time, because he's my only child, " McCullough's mother, Felita Bush, told WCTV. "We've been together for 18 years and to have the house empty with no child is going to be very different."
FAMU administrators say the number of freshmen moving in is up by about 30 percent from last year.
Studnet Kylan Guerrier said, "Moving to college is great. It's great. It feels like it's a fresh new start. I come here to be successful in life."
Family members moving their loved ones in had back-up from faculty, staff, and other students.
Lonnie Johnson helped her daughter move in. "The moving part, oh these hills, they're killing me. It's killing me. It's rough," she said.
But, we all know the toughest part is saying goodbye.
When asked if Johnson cried Tuesday morning, she said, "Not yet. Not yet. I am, though."
Move-in is scheduled for the remainder of the week for FAMU freshmen and returning students.
Move-in starts at FSU Wednesday.