Thousands Of New Aggies Move Into Dorms Sunday

It was a big day Sunday and you might have noticed a lot more traffic on the streets in College Station.

College students are back.

Many parents spent hours getting their kids into the dorms at Texas A&M University.

News 3 was on campus Sunday afternoon for the always special time of year when parents send their kids off to college

And this year was one of the cooler move-in Sundays in recent years with a few sprinkles of rain.

An emotional day of course too as so many of these Aggie students are saying goodbye to home and their families for the first time.

You could call it organized chaos around the sidewalks of Texas A&M.

"Yes it is. It's very tiring," said Maria Chapa of McAllen.

She was winded after taking a dorm full of things up a steep hill for her daughter.

"Oh since this morning, it's like a six hour drive from where we live," Chapa explained.

Ty Sallee is a mechanical engineering freshman from Graham and is leaving home but still excited.

"First time and I'm an only child so they are having a little bit of a hard time," said Sallee.

But it wasn't as difficult for some, like now Aggie mom Cece Sallee.

She says getting settled was easier than they expected.

"We had about five volunteers show up as soon as we pulled up and everything was taken up for us basically. It's been great," said Cece Sallee.

"It's going to be an experience for me and her not to have him around but it's like I threatened to buy her a place down here because I said I'm not gonna leave her at home with me full time you have to have her half the time," joked Derrick Sallee, Ty's father.

This year more than 8,000 freshmen are coming to Texas A&M while more than 30,000 people applied.

Others like Gavin Gardner were volunteering their backs and energy as part of the Central Baptist Church College Freedom Ministry.

"I hope everybody else gets here safe and we are able to help as many as we can," Gardner said.

"We're both Aggies so it's good but it's sad, it's a good thing," added Derrick Sallee.

"There was more people than we needed coming and asking if we need help. Great volunteer work here," said Ty Sallee.

While a big wave of people came through town this weekend, move-in at Texas A&M continues through the week.

Expect to see Texas Avenue and University Drive busy with folks passing through.

We're also told more than 2,000 transfer students will also be attending at Texas A&M this fall.

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