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WVU Students Are Back in Town
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 11:06PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 10:42PM
 
With undergraduate enrollment between 20,000-25,000 at WVU this year,, Morgantown was a busy place as students moved to town for the start of the Fall semester and a new school year.
 
It was a moment of pride for every parent. 
 
"I'm getting misty just thinking about it," said Bill Hanna, a parent from Virginia who moved his son into his freshman year dorm Friday. "You think you have them prepared, and you resolve yourself that they're ready. But my God, the friend aspect, and all the things you have done with them since they were knee-high to now? You get caught up in it. You know you're proud of them, and you're ready to let them spread their wings."
 
It's a chance for students to move away from home for four years.
 
"I loved it," said Brandon Hagan, an incoming freshman from New Hampshire who visited the school when his brother attended. "It's just a great atmosphere for college kids."
 
" When I came to visit I liked it a lot," said fellow incoming freshman Tom Peters, also from New Hampshire. "It was a good fit for me."
 
Students and parents poured into Morgantown as incoming freshman climbing the stairs to their new dorms.
 
"It was like a zoo earlier. There were so many people. You couldn't use the elevator. We had to walk up six flights of stairs with all of our stuff," said Hagan.
 
"The move-in process was easy just as long as you didn't mind the few stairs involved," said Bill Hanna.
 
Transfer students came to try something new.
 
"I transferred from West Liberty this year. It's pretty different so far. I'm pretty excited," said sophomore Michael Winters.
 
And there's always upperclassmen who have seen it all before.
 
"Traveling around this town at this moment the traffic is out of control," said 5th year senior Paul Siudmand. "By now you know what you're doing, how to pack things, how to save space. Actually lived in a frat house and lived in a residency house on Richwood. Now I'm trying out the apartment for the first time, [but] it's way easier."
 
And while parents remain proud of academic achievement, they also know football season is right around the corner.
 
"I'm so proud, and I'm looking forward to going to a football game with him," said Lisa Hanna.
 
There's no doubt that Morgantown becomes a livelier place when the students are back in town.

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