HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Technological University students are starting to move into their dorms in preparation for their first day of classes beginning September 3. But, leaving home for the first time can bring a lot of different emotions for first-year college students – excitement, nervousness, and anxiety. However, most are not alone. First year college students' parents are feeling the same way.
“It’s very stressful,” said new college student mom, Carie Williams, “Making sure he’s okay and just getting rid of the jitters of making sure he’s okay.”
Carie’s son Brent is her first child to go to college and is the "baby" of the family. She made sure to make his bed, set up his dorm room, and stock it with snacks to help Brent adjust to dorm life.
“I’m a bit nervous and scared of being all alone of course, but I’m also very excited to be on my own,” said Brent Williams, first-year general engineering student.
To help students with the transition from home to school, Michigan Tech is holding a week-long orientation focused on meeting new people.
“This is a long way from home for a lot of students and a lot of them don’t come in with a group of friends, a lot of them come in on their own, this is the first time they are on their own. So starting right away to build a community of students is really important,” said Michigan Tech Orientation Team Leader, Corey Daly.
Daly,a fourth-year student, says she wanted to be a part of orientation staff because of the lasting impact it had on her.
“I get to show them around campus, show them the resources. Show them what makes Michigan Tech special,” explained Daly.
Many Tech students' plans for this year include getting good grades, meeting new friends, and skiing. And don’t worry parents; parent weekend is only a few weeks away.