Southern University welcomes new freshman class to campus

Move in day at Southern University

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Wednesday, Aug. 14 was move-in day at Southern University, which means there were plenty of teary-eyed parents, excited freshmen, and lots of U-Hauls.

Everything is new for the freshmen and their parents as they unload the trucks and roll into their new life. Incoming freshman, Victoria Bendaw, is excited to cheer on the Jaguars in the stands.

“[I’m excited for] the band and football games. I was previously a cheerleader in high school, so it’s going to be fun to get to sit in the crowd and watch the games,” Bendaw said.

Fellow Class of 2023 member, Shannon Brown, wants to be a doctor and is ready to get to work.

“My major is biology, so I’m excited for the hands-on lab experiments,” Brown said.

But not everyone is ready for day one. Some parents have been dreading seeing their children move out of the house.

“I'm not excited about leaving my daughter,” said Randy Stovall, whose daughter is going to be a new Southern student. “That's what I'm not excited about.”

Despite the heat, Southern tries to make the move-in process a little more fun for everyone with giveaways, a snowball stand, and music. But for some, nothing can mask that heat.

“It’s hot, it’s too hot,” said Demetria Vargas, who’s a sophomore at Southern.

Vargas is moving his cousin in and he’s excited for her to be on campus with him.

“[I’m excited] just to experience you know, parties, and just see how she reacts under that peer pressure and all that kind of stuff,” Vargas said.

Dr. Ray L. Belton, president of SU, says this is one of his favorite days of the year.

“Move-in day and then graduation, right? Both are most important for us because it speaks to the beginning and to some degree, an opportunity for us to kind of relish what the journey has been like,” Belton said.

Southern University classes start Monday, Aug. 19.

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