Move-in day for freshmen at Temple University, Penn

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania welcomed the Class of 2020 to campus Wednesday.

The freshmen at Temple represent 46 states and there are more than 300 international students as well.

"I'm a little bit nervous," said Adam Perez of Coopersburg, Pa. told Action News. "Mostly excited."

"I don't know what to expect," said Sam Schumacher of Doylestown, Pa. "I've never lived in a city. I'm only 18. Really, really excited and optimistic, though."

Boxes and bags and clothes and food: it all had to be unloaded and taken upstairs.

Some were in charge of transport. Some were designated stuff-watchers.

For parents, a lot of pride and preparation brought them to this day.

"Food shopping, clothes shopping...," said Debbi Dukovic of Doylestown, Pa. "She has about four times the stuff my son took to college."

"Totally relaxed, honestly," said Therese Schumacher, "because we're less than an hour from here. If we forget something, I can bring it."

We even ran into one of our own!

WPVI-TV News Director Tom Davis was helping his daughter move in for her freshman year.

"It's very well organized because of my wife," he said. "Not because of me. I try to stay out of the way. My job is to pick up things, put them down and drive the car."

Temple has admitted a record number of freshmen this year, about 5100.

About 435 have a parent who graduated from Temple. Freshman and transfers come from 59 Pennsylvania counties, 46 states and 65 countries.

Xiuwen Zhang is originally from China but has lived in Pennsylvania for the last two years.

She arrived on campus last week for the orientation for international students.

"I can go anywhere, but I picked Temple," she said. "The environment is good, everything I like."

A few more facts about the incoming Temple class: there are 30 sets of twins and a set of triplets.

And the most common last names are Nguyen, Patel, and Smith.

Over at the University of Pennsylvania, they've got experts for all the heavy lifting - the Move-In Team.

"Oh, it's hard work out here today," Thompson Korospoff of the Move-In Team said.

But even though some of the new college students may feel they have it all figured out, there's one thing any upper classman can tell them, and that's Mom and Dad will never think you're too old for some unsolicited words of wisdom.

"Do your best and don't let anybody get you off track," parent Veronica McCants said.
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