Moms worry. It’s what they do. And Heather Fry is no exception.
The Wyomissing mother of two said she’s anxious about how her daughter, Haley, an incoming freshman at Millersville University, will fare on her own. She wants to make sure her daughter’s safe on campus, and that her nutritional intake doesn’t take a nosedive.
“She’ll have, like, candy and ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner if she could,” Heather Fry said Thursday as she waited for her daughter to check into her dorm room.
Fry added that she’s excited, too, “for her to learn and mature without us being around.”
Plenty of nerves and excitement were present on Millersville University’s campus as incoming freshmen and their families descended upon the college’s residence halls for move-in day.
About 1,360 freshmen and 440 transfer students moved in Thursday and will continue to throughout the weekend.
“This is like New Year’s Day for us,” MU President Daniel Wubah said as he prepared to help students move in. “I’m pumped up. I’m looking forward to a lot of good things happening this academic year.”
Wubah, who is entering his first year as president, was joined by state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, whose niece is an MU freshman, and Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary and Higher Education Noe Ortega.
Student volunteers welcomed newcomers to campus with loud music and posters while members of the football team helped families unpack, lugging refrigerators and televisions up and down the residence hall steps.
“I couldn’t be happier with the football team and just the whole experience so far,” Chris Dickson, a construction worker from Delaware, said while helping her daughter, Camryn, move in.
He said he’s sad but excited to help guide his daughter into life’s next stage.
“It seems to me that it’s a safe school,” Chris Dickson said, adding that he was comforted by the college’s “family atmosphere.”
Camryn Dickson, an Allied health major, said leaving home is bittersweet.
“I think it’ll be different,” she said. “I don’t think it’ll be bad because I like talking to people. I like getting to know people.”
Stacy Hoke, a psychology major from York, said she’s nervous, too, particularly about the college workload.
An only child, Hoke said she brought two special friends from home to keep her company.
“It sounds dumb, but I brought these stuffed animals that look like some of my pets when I was younger,” she said. Among them, she said, were two stuffed rabbits.
Hoke’s father, Blake, said he’ll miss having his daughter around, “but we’re not far away, so we can visit each other.”
Three pieces of advice Blake Hoke imparted on his daughter: “Pay attention, and study, and don’t be afraid to ask questions,” he said.
“Mr. Google is always there.”