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Students Arrive for Move-In Day

Aug. 21, 2013

Young man wearing reflective glasses and jeans pulls a cart loaded with belongings.

Roehl Manuel, an incoming business administration-finance major, pulls a cart filled with his belongings.

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Karina Nieto, a freshman from Ontario majoring in psychology, was excited about moving into her new dorm room. "I'm excited and a little nervous," she admitted while standing in line with her parents next to a cart piled high with her clothes and items for her room. "We got here about 7:45 this morning."

"I'm glad it's finally here," said Louis Contreras, a freshman music major from Los Angeles who was trying to figure out where to store his guitars in the room he shares with Julian Holloway of Murietta, an incoming biological science major. "I'm pretty excited."'

Louis's mother, Anna Ortiz, while admitting she is proud and excited for her son, also shared that it was a bittersweet moment. "He's my only child, so the idea that he's not going to be living at home makes me a little teary-eyed. But he's so excited to be here and the campus is so beautiful. I know this is going to be a great experience for him."

As 1,200 freshmen and 600 upperclassmen — accompanied by parents, family members and friends — arrived Wednesday, Aug. 21, for the official "Move-In Day," administrators and staff members from Student Affairs were on hand to greet them, as was President Mildred García. Dozens of student volunteers also were available to help new students carry boxes to their rooms, provide directions or lend assistance. More photos of the day can be seen online.

"President García and I are thrilled to be able to welcome our students to campus," said Berenecea Johnson Eanes, vice president for student affairs. "There's such excitement and energy as students begin or continue their studies at Cal State Fullerton. We like to be on hand to greet them and let them, and their parents, know that we are here for them and want to do whatever we can to make their transition to the campus a positive one."

For the next several days, a wide range of activities is being offered to students to better acquaint them with the campus. Besides welcome sessions for both parents and students, there are dinners, financial literacy programs, campus tours, programs ranging from how to apply for campus jobs to how to avoid weight gain (aka "the Freshman 15"), a pep rally, athletic events, an ice cream social, a morning run with the CSUF ROTC and a barbecue.

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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