Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES TODAY; Students' College Life Begins with Moving In

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES TODAY; Students' College Life Begins with Moving In

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It was a busy weekend for college students: decorating their new dorm rooms, moms weeping and saying goodbye and dads grunting, trying to carry a refrigerator up a flight of stairs. A wet and windy visit from Tropical Storm Fay delayed most students from moving in Friday, which led to big lines at the University of North Florida on Saturday. The difficult move is over and the adventure begins today with the first day of classes at UNF, Jacksonville University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College.


Chirlene Grandison started to get wistful as she looked around her daughter Tyeeta's room at UNF's Osprey Hall. It's her second child to start college, but she said it doesn't get any easier. She'll miss "her baby."

"Oh, I've been crying," she said. "I'll probably cry again when I leave."

At least she won't be too far from her Mandarin home. According to mom's plan, Tyeeta will have to come home for family dinners and get her laundry washed.

Others weren't as teary-eyed.

Charlie Baker of Palm City said he doesn't worry at all about his daughter Carolyn getting homesick. He said she'll probably miss her golden retriever, Ginger, more.

As for fatherly advice, "She's an adult. What can I really do?" he said. "She's 18 now. She can make her own mistakes."


Some families were already on the road when unpredictable Fay hit hard.

Christy and Steven Barnes of West Palm Beach had to get a hotel room because they couldn't move in their daughter Carly on Friday. Luckily they missed most of the rain on the road.

Many parents had more frustrations with helping move everything into the room. Al Grandison struggled to assemble Tyeeta's dorm room bed, using his whole body weight to push the metal latches into the wooden posts.

"Hey, it's the dad's job," he said with a smile.


Several UNF fraternities and clubs were on hand to help students with the heavy lifting such as mini-fridges and loaded suitcases.

John Barnes, UNF student body president, said he was surprised by how much stuff some freshmen were bringing to their dorm rooms. …

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