Freshmen Converge On USM Campus

Hundreds of first year college students unloaded their belongings at USM Thursday.

It was freshman "move in day" at the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. They brought books and computers, mini refrigerators and microwaves.

You might call it controlled chaos outside the freshman quad. Jerry Perez knew the drill. His daughter Sara is the third child he's brought to college.

"Chaotic. It's a mad house. Trying to find a place to park. Trying to get your car unloaded. Trying to get yourself upstairs. Trying to find your room. It's a mess. We've been here before," said Perez.

His daughter brought all the essentials.

"I brought pretty much everything from my room. I was like, well, I'm going to miss that. I might as well bring it," Sara Perez explained.

Friends and family helped Courtney Gates unload the essentials.

"Comforters, TV, computer, DVD player, radio. That's about it," she said.

Louis Pennell from Ocean Springs enjoyed double the pleasure. His twin girls are settling in on campus.

"My assessment is we brought way too much stuff. And there's no way these dorms can hold it all," Pennell said.

The girls agreed they brought plenty. They're expecting a fun filled year.

"I'm excited. I think it will be fun. I don't know. I'm excited though. There's a lot of people here. So, we'll meet a lot of new people this year," Hope Pennell said.

The incoming freshmen and their families didn't have to tackle the task of moving in all alone. An army of volunteers helped share that burden.

"We can just all team up together," said Max Blalock, as he led a team of volunteers from a church group.

"Meeting some great parents and students. Just having a good time. Sweating a little. Stinking a little. And going on with it," Blalock explained.

That's a pretty good summary of what was a hectic day at USM.