Posted: Jun 10, 2013 6:29 PM by Jamie Leary - KBZK News
Updated: Jun 11, 2013 11:18 AM
BOZEMAN - Nerves were high on Monday at Montana State University where hundreds of high school grads from across the nation got ready to start the next chapter of their lives.
Students from around the nation, including Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, Alaska and Colorado, have just graduated from high school and are already signing up for college courses.
Monday marked the first of four freshman orientations for the upcoming fall semester.
"There are always some kids who seem a little bit nervous or anxious, but I think once they meet their group and things start rolling, they'll feel a little bit better about things," said Jen Dunn, MSU Director of Orientation. "We have over 500 students here and over 300 parent and family members joining us for the next three days."
Students could be seen in many tour groups out and about on campus.
When asked if she was nervous, Jenette Northy, an incoming freshman from Alaska, replied, "not really, no."
"It's a lot like home for me, so it was a good choice," Northy said.
While many students say they are more excited than nervous, their parents feel differently.
"I hate to see her go, but I know she's gotta," said John Bosely, father of incoming freshman from Wyoming.
"Well, he's a big boy but he has to leave the nest sometime, so this is a good place for him to be," said Chris Adams, father of an incoming freshman from Colorado.
Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 26.
MSU officials say the upcoming freshman class is shaping up to be roughly the same size as last year's freshman class.