ALBANY, N.Y. – Thursday was move-in day for the freshman class at the University at Albany.
Ready to roll into the next chapters of their lives, the incoming freshmen at UAlbany are looking to see what’s ahead.
“I’m excited. I’m ready to get an education and get a job and move on with my life,” freshman Lauren Molloy said.
Molloy is from Long Island and majoring in Political Science. She chose UAlbany for the state capital.
“Good internships,” she said.
But move-in day may have been a more difficult day for her mom.
“Mixed emotions,” her mother, Betsy Molloy, said. “I’m very proud of Lauren, but it’s my baby going away and my heart is broken. She is our only daughter.”
The incoming freshman class of about 2,500 arrives from a pool of nearly 22,000 applicants. They have various plans.
“Computer Science, specifically software development,” Carlos Hernandez from the Bronx said.
“Probably something with film, actually,” Julia Whitworth from Poland, N.Y. said.
Sekani Blaize is from New York City and plans on studying physics. He said Albany is like a little NYC and thinks he’ll be successful.
“Less distractions. More time,” he said.
Overall for the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 17,300 students. Over 4,000 of those are graduate students.
This is a milestone for the first-year students as well as their parents.
“So I feel like a little part of my heart is coming with her,” Betsy Molloy said.
More than 90 percent of the students are from New York; however, this year, SUNY said its freshman class has a record number of international students. More than 140 are from 20 different countries.