Thousands of freshmen move into dorms at UT

Thousands of freshmen move into dorms at UT

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This weekend around 7,000 students will be moving into the 12 residence halls on campus. The freshmen are coming from 47 states. This weekend around 7,000 students will be moving into the 12 residence halls on campus. The freshmen are coming from 47 states.
Kelsey is a triplet and her brothers are moving out of state for school as well. "We all three obviously went to the same high school and now we are all separated which adds more emotion to it so I'm kind of sad," said Kelsey Kitchens. Kelsey is a triplet and her brothers are moving out of state for school as well. "We all three obviously went to the same high school and now we are all separated which adds more emotion to it so I'm kind of sad," said Kelsey Kitchens.
"She's the first one to leave. It's very emotional but I'm very excited for her at the same time so it's a happy day," said mom Linda Kitchens. "She's the first one to leave. It's very emotional but I'm very excited for her at the same time so it's a happy day," said mom Linda Kitchens.
"I am excited about football. I come from, remember the movie remember the titans, that's my school so we are huge football fans," said Emerald Taylor-Drummond. "I am excited about football. I come from, remember the movie remember the titans, that's my school so we are huge football fans," said Emerald Taylor-Drummond.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You may notice more traffic around UT's campus as more than 7,000 students move into the dorms. This will be the largest freshmen class in more than a decade.

The Kitchens family has traveled from Florida to Knoxville to move 19-year-old Kelsey Kitchens into Massey Hall. Kelsey will be a freshman.

This is the first time she's lived away from home. "I'm very emotional. I'm going to miss my mom and my brothers a lot and it's new, unknown it is kind of scary but I'm looking forward to it," said Kelsey.

Kelsey is a triplet and her brothers are moving out of state for school as well.

"We all three obviously went to the same high school and now we are all separated which adds more emotion to it so I'm kind of sad," said Kelsey Kitchens.

Kelsey's mother Linda Kitchens says this is her first child to move out. The brothers will move to their universities next week.

"She's the first one to leave. It's very emotional but I'm very excited for her at the same time so it's a happy day," said Kitchens.

Kelsey says she chose UT for several reasons.

"School spirit, the mountains are close, friends, it's a tight knit group that you can't really get anywhere else," said Kelsey.

This weekend around 7,000 students will be moving into the 12 residence halls on campus. The freshmen are coming from 47 states. Emerald Taylor-Drummond is moving in from Virginia.

"I came to visit. It was my top school out of all the schools that I got into. I fell in love with it," said Emerald Taylor-Drummond.

Many of the students 6 News spoke with say they chose UT mainly for the academics but also the school spirit. Many of the students say they are looking forward to the first football game of the season on August 31.

"I am excited about football. I come from, remember the movie remember the titans, that's my school so we are huge football fans," said Emerald Taylor-Drummond.

"I'm very excited. I'm excited to finally be in the student section. I can't even explain what it's like to be in Neyland Stadium," said Kelsey Kitchens.

Saturday kicks off ‘Welcome Week,' which helps incoming freshman prepare for the school year. Classes for everyone at the university begin on Wednesday.

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