Move In Day for Area Colleges

Students and parents at Canisius College begin new chapter

Mike Baggerman
August 23, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Students and parents at Canisius College moving in. August 23, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Freshmen at Canisius College began their next major life step, moving into their college dorms. 

Like many colleges in the area, most students began their first stage of college life with move in. Freshmen and their families had help from various student life members plus college athletics teams, who helped take items out of jam-packed cars. 

"I think we're supposed to be learning more about what to do on campus and more about our majors," Eleanor Tucker, a freshman from Elma, told WBEN. "We'll do some information sessions. I've enjoyed my experience so far. Everyone seems really nice and friendly. I'm just trying to meet a few new people."

Kittiara Wolfe-Slattery is a freshman who is originally from South Bend, Indiana. She moved in last Sunday.

"It's really, really fun, but it's really overwhelming though," Slattery said. "My roommates are from Poland and Corning, New York. I have never been anywhere outside Alaska or Indiana and stuff. I'm so excited (about my first semester). I can't wait for classes. I love learning."

Parents are saying goodbye to their kids, something that can be equally as tough for them as it is for their child. Courtney McArthur dropped off her daughter, a lacrosse player for the college. 

"It's been a really busy couple of months for us preparing," Courtney McArthur from Peterborough, Ontario, said. "We've had a really busy summer leading into this. It's paperwork with visas and getting the stuff between the school and us in Canada, insurance, and packing all the essentials.  

Those essentials included a refrigerator, laptop, television. 

"Just all the personal items she wanted," McArthur added while joking she hasn't looked at her credit card statement. 

Eleanor Tucker's father, Lloyd, didn't appear to be as nervous as her daughter was. His elder daughter, who also attends Canisius, recently began a study abroad program in Italy.

"This is the second time I've been through the process," he said. "This time it's a bit more familiar. I'm excited for her. It's a great opportunity."

But now that both of his daughters are off to school, it means an empty nest at home. What's he planning to do?

"I don't know," he said with a chuckle. "I'm sure I'll find something."

Classes begin on Monday. 

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