Brooke Hand, 18, grabbed the dresser and helped her mother Teresa stand it up on the concrete walk outside Bruce Hall at Central Baptist College on Monday.
"It’s her first time out — she wanted everything with her," Teresa Hand said.
Brooke Hand, freshman from Mesquite, Texas, is among about 90 students to move into residence halls at CBC during New Student Move-in Day. Parents and students hauled miniature refrigerators, baskets of clothes and even a basket of Ramen noodles into dorm rooms.
"I’m more nervous than she is," said Johnny Tipton as he maneuvered a black, mini-refrigerator on a dolly. His daughter, Sarah, is among the freshmen attending CBC this year.
Like other universities and
colleges statewide, the private, religious college has seen fast growth during the past few years. CBC expects total enrollment at the college to jump to about 925, up from about 858 last year. About 150 students plan to live on campus, said Ryan Johnson, associate vice president for enrollment management.
Classes begin Aug. 20.
This year, CBC finished building a state-of-the-art administration building complete with lecture areas, computer lab and administrative offices. On Monday morning, students swarmed in and out of the administration building, which opened that morning.
At Bruce Hall, freshmen Sarah Hammondtree, of Greenbriar, and Lauren Eyre, of Jacksonville, Texas, looked around the room the two will share this semester. Their family members sat resting on the twin beds, one made with a pink comforter.
In the hallway, more students hauled in rugs and suitcases to their own rooms.
All this week, students will have meetings, movies, games and events meant to welcome them to campus, let them bond with their peers and allow them to become attached to the college, spokeswoman Deanna Ott said.
Looking around at all the pile of clothes and bags of items, Teresa Hand said her daughter might have packed too much for college. Maybe the family should take some items back home, she said.
Brooke Hand shrugged.
"I’d rather have more than less," she said.