LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Much of the heavy traffic around La Crosse Street and West Avenue Saturday was heading to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse campus.
About 1,000 new students made the UW-L campus their new home on Saturday alone, according to Nick Nicklaus, director of UW-L Residence Life.
In total, about 3,500 students live on campus, filling 11 residence halls, Nicklaus said.
Saturday was day two of move in weekend – a weekend full of emotion as student leave home for the first time, meet their new roommate, and start making the transition from high school to college.
To make the process a little smoother, some students volunteered their time to help move their peers into the dorms.
"They get to come back early, they get a T-shirt and then they just kind of payback for what happened to them a year or two ago," Nicklaus said.
The UW-L Women's Basketball Team was among the volunteers. They said moving boxes up and down the stairs counted as their work-out for the day.
Some freshman even came to school early to help their classmates move in this weekend.
"It's a good way to meet people, help out," said freshman helper Jaron Frederick. "Move-in day can be stressful, so it's a good way to help everyone out and make it go easier."
Frederick moved into his dorm last Sunday and said campus was virtually empty. Frederick and his family had to move into the dorm on their own.
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