LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Students at UW-L are gearing up for another year, but for freshmen it’s a whole new experience. Freshmen at UW-L are feeling a lot of emotions about starting college.
“Really excited. I’ve been excited all day,” said Jennifer Keute.
“I’m really excited, but I’m a little scared you know, because it’s like my first time,” said Ellie Wilckens.
Jennifer Keute is from Blaine, Minnesota, which is north of the Twin Cities. She’s majoring in archaeology. Ellie Wilckens is from Racine, and hasn't decided on a major.
“When I came to tour the school they gave me a tour of the archaeology building, and I was kind of sold,” said Keute.
“My best friend goes there, well she used to, and it’s really pretty here,” said Wilckens.
Their parents said they’re excited for them.
“This is just a new adventure, new chapter in her life. It’s sad that we won’t be around her as much, there’s no doubt about that,” said Jennifer’s mom Joan Quade.
“I told her you know, we gave you your wings, and now it’s time for you to fly. So we have to laugh a little, cry a little, it’s all good,” said Ellie’s mom Lisa Wilckens.
Parents who have had experience moving a kid to college said it gets easier, because they know what to expect.
"The first one’s stressful, the third one is awesome. You’ve just got to bring lots of patience, big smile on your face, make sure everybody’s fed so nobody get hangry, which is hungry and angry,” said Quade.
“You get ready through life for them to move away eventually and start their own life and you’re ready for it,” said Ellie’s dad Walter Wilckens.
Move in continues Saturday. UW-L starts classes on Tuesday.