TRURO – Colchester County’s newest crop of college students were on an emotional rollercoaster Monday as they moved into their new digs.
Nervousness, excitement and just about every feeling in between was hit as they carried boxes, bags and other items from vehicles to their dormitory rooms at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Truro campus on Arthur Street.
“It’s definitely a mix of nervous and excited,” said Danen MacKay, an 18-year-old Springhill native who will be studying Human Services at NSCC this fall.
MacKay was one of about 120 students moving into Davis Hall. More than 200 frosh students moved into residences Sunday at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill. Activities for those students kicked off Monday and about 110 returning students move in today.
Classes start today at NSCC and get underway Thursday at Dalhousie.
Davis Hall was a beehive of activity both inside and out. Entrances on both sides of the building saw a steady stream of students, their families and friends going in and out with armloads of supplies. Inside, the elevator, which had a waiting line that stretched into the middle of the lobby, was getting a workout and residence advisors were running in every direction helping students find their rooms and showing them the cafeteria and other places of importance.
“I’m just trying to avoid everyone else because I don’t want to run into people. It’s a busy spot today,” Caitlin Clegg, a 19-year-old Sackville, N.S., native said.
Clegg and her 20-year-old friend Rebecca Rafuse were getting set to start their second year of the digital animation program. However, Monday kicked off their first experience living away from home as they attended Dartmouth’s waterfront campus last year and commuted from home.
“It’s exciting, but you don’t know if you’re going to starve,” Rafuse said with a laugh.
“I’m probably going to starve,” Clegg responded with a chuckle.
But in spite of the worries about where her next meal will come from, Clegg said although she could have continued her studies from home, she decided to move because she felt it was time.
“It’s time to stop being a big baby and moocher,” she said laughing. “It’s the first step to moving out without actually moving out because we don’t have bills or anything like that we just pay to stay so it’s a lot better than living in an apartment.”
Even though MacKay was feeling nervous about the unknowns of starting college, he couldn’t help but look forward to opening a new chapter in his life.
“I’m excited about living on my own and getting ready for my future and a career,” he said, adding he’s planning on a career in corrections.