WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- It's that time of year when U-Hauls and suitcases arrive on college campuses. University of New Haven freshmen got a crash course on moving in Thursday, and getting adjusted to college.
"A little stressful this morning," said Carol Iozzo, parent.
You can't blame Iozzo. She's new at this.
"It's an adjustment, it's my first year," Iozzo said, "it's Brandon's first year at school.
"So, you're a freshman too," asked News 8's Jeff Valin.
Her son Brandon is a freshman at University of New Haven, and it's move-in day: a tailgate party, and not the fun kind.
"Oh my God, boxes and bins of stuff," said Brandon. "I brought two suitcases, two bags, a couple crates of stuff, a T.V. It's a lot!"
To mom, it's the little things that mean a lot.
"I love the 'welcoming' balloons, they're great," Iozzo said.
"Nice touch," asked Valin.
"That's where your tuition money's going," said Valin.
Of course, for the seasoned veterans, those are the folks who tell us that one of the more important strategies is what you decide to fit in to a very limited amount of space.
"Be patient, pack early, and arrive early," said George Murray, parent.
Sage wisdom from George Murray. He and his wife Yulonda were hard at work Thursday, but their son was curiously AWOL.
"I thought he was leaving you to do all the heavy lifting," said Valin.
"That may be partially true! But, no, he's kind of staking out his bed and so forth."
They came all the way from Newark, Delaware.
"What's your son's name," asked Valin.
"Still no sign of him," said Valin.
Eventually he did appear.
"Were you strategically taking your time?
"No," said George Murray II, incoming freshman. "Well, yeah, a little bit."
Just goes to show, everyone's got a strategy, including a bit of advice for after the dust settles.
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