Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- Boxes, bags and dollies. That can only mean one thing. Move-in day.
Incoming freshmen of South Carolina State University are geting their first taste of college as bulldogs.
The Sloan family came from Fayetteville, N.C. to drop off their daughter, Alexis. The three hour drive was just enough for them.
"I really didn't want her to go far," said Rhonda Sloan. "She was talking about Florida and we were like 'Oh no. She can't go to Florida.'"
For Alexis, moving into a dorm feels a little more permanent. She's not in one place for long because both parents are in the military.
"It's not my parents leaving me, it's me leaving them now," said Alexis.
SCSU has been in the news more for administrative woes than academic achievement, but Alexis doesn't seem to worry.
"Not saying none of it affects me, but it's not something I constatntly have to think about all the time," she said. "Feel bad for the nursing students who can't get their degrees."
One student's aunt who helped during move-in is an SC State alum. And she's more focused on the education her niece will be getting.
"You always hear about the bad things that are happening," said Davett Britt.
"But I graduated from here, my husband graduated from here and most of our friends still, today, are doing well. This is quality education," she said.