Students move into the dorms this weekend at Wichita State University as they prepare to start classes at a time of change and growth on campus.
"It's kind of nerve-wrecking but I'm ready for it. I'm excited," sophomore Courtney Fields said.
Students say they are looking forward to seeing how recent national attention for the university, brought on by the athletic program's success last year, may shape their experience this year and in the future.
And, they say they're excited about the campus expansion. Although, some students admit they're also a little bit anxious about the ongoing construction and how it will affect parking.
While the university has begun offering a free shuttle service to help students get to and from class, most students say they'll rely on their own two feet to travel.
"I decided I'd live in Wheatshocker (Apartments) so that I could walk or ride my bike to class and not worry about fighting for parking space each day," Carissa Oschner said.
Oschner, a junior pursuing a degree in international studies, moved the final items into her room Sunday. Her family helped her wheel a microwave and refrigerator in on a small dolly.
Meanwhile, across the parking lot, Kevontrez Jones and his mother, Sylvia Saunders, were taking boxes out to the car.
"I brought too much," Jones said. "I brought way too many clothes."
He and his family packed up the clothes in red, white and blue boxes and loaded them up.
"(It's) exciting. (We're) ready to get him back into the dorms and get him back to doing what he needs to be doing and that's getting his education," Saunders said.
With move-in done and schedules in place, students say they feel prepared for all the exciting things they expect ahead.
"It should be a fun semester," Jones said.