UAFS Students Back in Town

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People from all over the world were in Fort Smith Thursday (Aug. 15).  That’s because students are making their way into their new homes at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

It’s that time of year again, summer vacation has wrapped up so UAFS students are leaving the nest and moving into the dorm. More than 100 students and parents made their way to the Lion’s Den on the UAFS campus.

"I’m holding it together pretty good right now.  I’ve cried a lot,” said parent Bequita Nehus.

"I’m ready to be moved in, that's what I’m ready for. I’m about done, my ironing board is the last thing," said student, Mason Copeland.

UAFS Housing Director Beth Eppinger said the kids moving in come far and wide.

"Our international students come from countries such as Japan, Gabon and China. So we have a wonderful variety," said Eppinger.

As students make their way to their new homes, they said it will take a bit of adjusting not having their parents around.

"It was definitely exciting knowing that that's my new home away from mom. A little scary but its exciting." said student Kayla Thomas.

"They can expect me to be home every weekend to get food and to get my laundry washed because I don't know how," said student Haley Brown.

Brown said social media has even played a role in moving in.

"We actually had this UAFS follow train on twitter, Brown said. Everybody hash tagged UAFS follow train and like everybody was following each other so it's like we all know each other basically now and it's kind of like a big happy family."

Students will make their way back to the Lion’s Den tomorrow and Saturday at 9 a.m. to move in. Classes begin Monday (Aug. 19).

The Fayetteville campus will start moving students in Friday and classes starting Aug. 26.

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