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September 01, 2014 10:00 PM

Move-In Day At University Of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

The unofficial end of summer really is the end of summer vacation for some college students in Sioux Falls, who found themselves laboring away on this labor day.

It's move-in day at the University of Sioux Falls as students unload and unpack where they'll live for the next nine months.

"I have a microwave, fridge, some food and then I got a broom," Isaiah Sims, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, said.

As they empty the trunk, the dumpster outside the dorm fills up with discarded boxes.

Sims is here to get an education and throw discus and shot for the USF track team. Today, he's just tossing around his furniture.

"It's been pretty fun, new school, new town, so it's pretty fun. I love it, kind of quiet right now, so just hanging around, Sims said.

Incoming freshmen got some help today with their personal belongings thanks to upper classmen who lent a helping hand.

"Yeah it was a lot of work, we were pretty tired at the end of it. There were about 30 to 40 of us sophomore to seniors who volunteered to help out for Cougar Move In day and what not," USF senior Robbie Kazi said.

While the weather cooperated, it didn't make it any easier for the parents. Lee and Brenda Peterson of Mandan, North Dakota were dropping daughter Chelsea off on campus for the first time.

"She's never been away for this long before, she's always been so close, she's our baby. It's a little hard, but we'll manage," Lee said.

"Have you said your goodbyes? Yes, yes we have, so that was hard, very emotional," Brenda said.

Sims said most of his goodbyes back in Wyoming, but not all of them.

"Since my mom and cousin are here, it won't be as emotional, but it'll be pretty heart-wrenching to see them leave," Sims said.

Classes at USF begin on Wednesday. Because classes start after Labor Day, they won't get out of school until the second week of May.

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