UCA freshmen arrive on campus

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    Students moving in to Conway Hall on UCA campus.

    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) It is what some University of Central Arkansas officials called organized chaos on their campus Sunday.

    Two thousand freshmen began arriving at 9 a.m. and hundreds of upper classmen, faculty, staff and other volunteers were there to lend a helping hand.

    "A hundred years ago it was my favorite time of year and it still is," says UCA President Dr. Allen C. Meadors. He got his workout Sunday afternoon, helping to move 2,000 freshmen into their new homes.

    "We're getting them in. We have a really great system here. We have students, faculty, alums and community people that have come out. People drive up and we have them in their room probably within five minutes," says Dr. Meadors.

    Paige Owens and Chelsea Bohannon made the two-hour trip from Forrest City to their new home in Conway Hall.

    "It was a long drive. It took forever. With all that stuff in the car, it was packed. But we had people here ready to greet us when we got here," says Owens.

    Best friends since kindergarten, the two freshmen say the thrill of starting a new chapter together is what makes this day so special.

    "We went to the same elementary school. We both applied to UCA and when we found out we both got in, we decided we would be roommates. It's easier," says Owens.

    Although the students may be ready for the next step, some of their parents are hesitant.

    "I'm a little bit sad and a little bit excited. It's the next stage of her life so its mixed emotions," says Kendall Owens. Like most parents on move in day, he says unpacking is the easy part. Sending your child out on their own is the real challenge.

    "I've got my only child moving out and stepping out on her own for the first time. But it's also like I said, the next stage of her life and she's growing up and it's all part of the process."

    Dr. Meadors says there is no reason for parents to worry. Every freshman is in good hands.

    "We are all in this together and we want them to know that from the very beginning that we are here for them," says Dr. Meadors.

    Welcome week continues through Wednesday at UCA complete with a back to school pep rally and freshman orientation.
    Classes start Thursday.

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