BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) Students stood around piles of belongings ready not only to move into their new home, but also to take on their future.
"I'm a little nervous, but I'm definitely excited. My goal is to hopefully continue a great GPA," said Ashley Johnson, one of many freshmen moving into their dorms this weekend.
While freshmen were eager for independence, parents weren't quite ready to let go.
"My mom's taking it pretty hard, but everyone else is doing pretty well," said Savannah Smith.
Those parents and students are flooding stores to make sure they have all they need.
"There's tons of students everywhere -- Bed, Bath & Beyond, here -- everywhere is packed looking for school supplies and dorm stuff," said Jillian King, a WKU junior buying new things for her dorm at Target.
It's the little touches that will make their dorms feel more like the homes they're leaving.
"Just pictures of friends and families -- that's what really makes it for me -- the memories," Johnson said.
College is, of course, why students from all over are now in Bowling Green, but they're already making a to-do list of places to visit off campus.
"I think it's a great town, honestly, it's a lot like Somerset. Most of the happening places and restaurants are all in one strip, so it's not too hard for me to not get lost in," Johnson said.
After summer break left several chairs empty, Spencer's Coffee downtown will soon be a full house.
"It's always great to see the students coming back. There's always an energy in the air when school starts back and everyone comes in to study, professors come in," said Matthew Westbrook, who works at Spencer's.
Excitement can't take away the inevitable goodbyes families face this weekend.
"It's three and a half hours away, so I'm, of course, leaving behind all my friends and family, but it's nice to experience the new kind of things," said Brooke Eden, another WKU freshman.
However, students know there's much to look forward to as they walk through a new door to begin a new chapter in their lives.