More than 1,000 incoming freshmen are settling into their dorms at Creighton University, part of the university's largest student body ever with a total of 7,385 pupils.
It's not a record freshmen class, but close, making their way into the dormitories. Among them are students like Alex Swanson of Bellevue, who was supposed to go to Dana College.
"I thought it was a joke when I got the call from my mom. I didn't think colleges normally closed. I didn’t think that could happen, but that's okay. I guess it was meant to be and I like it."
While she puts her stuff away, 130 student volunteers worked to help others settle in and they had to take precautions in Saturday's heat. "Hydrate, definitely,” said senior Corrie Caler. “We have lots of water, lots of Gatorade, just to keep those electrolytes up, keep them energized.”
Energy didn’t seem to be a problem. “It's hot out here, but it's fun. We get to cheer, we get to dance around, we get to hang out."
Plenty of work while working in some fun, but this party-like atmosphere had a bigger purpose, making new students comfortable in their new surroundings. "It's just kind of a feeling of welcome and that I know somebody here,” said senior Alexa Lewandowski.
The transition may be harder on parents than students, the part this mom from Colorado Springs was dreading. "Driving away."
Back at Alex's new dorm, her mother was bracing for the same feeling as Linda Swanson is about to be an empty nester. "Even though she's only about three minutes from home, she won't be in her bed every night.”
Her daughter's new bedroom will be a change. "This is a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said Alex. “It's not bad." It’s a new beginning and one that Alex is looking forward to. "I'm kind of nervous. It's a new environment and everything's different, but I'm excited."
Creighton's Student Life supervisor said that with a record number of students this year, their main goal is to give each and every student personal attention. Student organizers have activities planned all next week to help with that process.