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SIU-Carbondale move in day under way

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Thursday, August 18 is a big day for new students at Southern Illinois University: it's move in day!

New Salukis were welcomed to campus on Thursday, which started promptly at 8 a.m.

Moving away from home can be quite an experience for students, many of whom move away from home for the very first time.

"Very anxious, I was really nervous to get here and I mean it's just a lot to take in, but I feel like with everyone around us and meeting new people I'll be able to just move in perfect," freshman Abby Girot said.

Cars, trucks and SUVs packed the SIU campus, carrying most, if not all of the student's belongings. 

"I took everything in my room and kind of packed it into a duffel bag and I brought it to school," freshman Zachary Vincent said.

Despite the hustle and bustle of move-in day activities, it seems everything went as planned. 

"I think it's been moving along pretty nice," Vincent said. "I got all my stuff up fairly quickly, and it was very easy."

Vincent's father, Greg, helped his son pack, making sure he had everything he needed.

"Just going over our checklist trying to remember back when I went to college and what I needed and didn't need," Greg Vincent said. "If we forgot something then it's no big deal, we'll get it to him."

New Salukis have the weekend to get used to their surroundings, as classes start on Monday.

Carbondale traffic alert

If you're driving near campus, you could run into traffic.

SIU police say they typically keep move-in traffic moving, but the area near Grand and Washington Streets tends to back up.

Also, with the new and returning students, you'll definitely see a lot more foot and bicycle traffic, and a lot of drivers who don't really know their way around town.

Police say to just pay extra attention while driving on Carbondale roads.

SIU food pantry

Once settled in, they'll have help getting the nutrition they need to power through their studies.

A new Saluki food pantry is set to open.

A 2014 study found 3 million college students in the U.S. don't have continuous access to nutritious food. Food insecurity is most common among off-campus students, but the study found even students with meal plans living on campus run into trouble finding food during breaks.

"If they're hungry, it's very difficult for them to focus on classes, so when we think holistically about the needs of our students, we want to make sure that we're taking care of them in that way," said Geory Kurtzhals, SIU sustainability coordinator.

The new Saluki food pantry is located in the lower level of the student center.

Currently-enrolled students just need their Saluki ID and they can get food and essential toiletries once a month.

My SIU app

Parents and students can put all of the information they need to know about campus right in the palm of their hand.

The "My SIU" app is available on Apple and Android devices. It offers a list of all the Saluki start-up events, weeks of welcome and other activities going on throughout the year.

Students can also find maps for the area and even floor plans to help find the way to the classroom once they find the right building on campus.

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