By Ron Dewey

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – It’s move-in day at the University of Michigan, with mini-vans and SUV’s unloading luggage, mini-fridges and other needful things as freshmen get ready for their first taste of campus life.

The move-in continues through Thursday for new students and transfers with orientation on Friday. Then, all remaining students will be allowed to move-in.

Susan Jacobs of New Jersey was at the Ann Arbor campus bright and early, helping her son Tyler move into Couzens Hall.

“It’s sad but amazing that he’s coming here. We’re so proud of him and so excited for him. He’s a twin so I think it’s going to be harder for them to split up over anything else,” she said.

Tyler Jacobs, who is studying pre-med, said it’s the first time he’s been on his own, especially being so far from home.

“Being on my own out here feels good, I’m excited. One of my best friends is coming to Michigan as well, so it’s going to be good,” he said.

And while his family back in New Jersey is going to miss him, Tyler Jacobs’ parents said they’re feeling sad and happy all at once.

“I’m just very happy for him. He couldn’t have picked a better school to go to so we’re just very happy that he’s going to the University of Michigan,” his father said.

Many metro Detroiters were also helping their loved ones move into their new home away from home. Linda Harden of Southfield, who already has one son at U-M, was now helping her younger son move.

“My husband is a dentist so they’re both following in his footsteps,” she said.

And while Desmond Harden is excited to be on his own, there is one thing he’s really going to miss about being home.

“It’s amazing here. I don’t know what I’m going to do first. I’m gonna miss my mom, you know, and my mom’s cooking. That’s what I’m going to miss the most,” he said.

Students had the option of chosing to move in early, but had to pay a $78 fee to beat the crowds.


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