By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 9, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- New chapters are being written as first-time students arrive on Valdosta State University's campus.
Hundreds of students blazed their new paths Thursday as they unpacked cars and moved in to freshman dorm rooms.
"It's scary but I'm ready," said freshman Jacob Smith. "On the fence, it's scary, but like any kid that's 18, they're kind of ready but kind of not."
Some students are taking on a new city. Freshman Cooper Pinckney, of Jacksonville, said he's excited about what VSU and the Valdosta community has to offer.
"It's a big campus but everyone can still do stuff, like it's a small campus," Cooper said. "You have opportunities to do whatever."
As they move in, they're moving away from friends and family.
"It's exciting, it's bittersweet," said Cooper's parents, Chris and Heather. "It'll be harder when we get home and realize he's not there."
"I'm really proud of her, I think it's a good thing. I am excited for her, it's a huge change," said parent Chris Pritchard. "It's four years but it's good for her to get away from home, get out in the world, experience the way she should experience it."
While parents say 'see you later,' they also leave with parting words of wisdom.
"Call your mom, that's it. If she called her mom every day she'll be alright," Pritchard said.
More than 1,700 freshman students will move in this weekend. Classes begin Monday.