BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)( FOX 44) – Students headed to LSU’s campus for the first time since shut down for move-in day Saturday, Aug. 16.
The big carts of luggage were expected and so were the tears. But these LSU families didn’t anticipate the masks and the constant sanitizing for move in day. Abrianna Gibbs all the way from New York didn’t expect her first college move in to be like this.
“Things aren’t going to be the same because of the situation with the pandemic or whatever. But I feel like we’ll still make the most out it,” Gibbs says.
Her family’s movement around her dorm was limited and everything she used had to be cleaned before she touched it. But like she said, her and her family are making the most of the day and what it means for them. Anthony Gibbs, her father says she’s the first of his children to attend college.
“She was very determined when she went to high school and to reach this plateau in her life,” Gibbs says. “It’s a small feat but it’s big for the family.”
To keep kids like Gibbs safe LSU put in a number of rules for dorm rooms. No one is allowed to have visitors. Common area furniture is marked and spaced out. Even elevators are limited to three people at a time. It’s not the freshman year or the move in day that the Corey West wanted for his son, but he’s decided to remain positive.
“You always have anxiety especially during these times. But as long as you stay prepared and sanitize and stay within your distance of everyone you’re going to be fine,” West says.