COLUMBIA — Like many other parents of new students, Michelle Dumont has spent the past week going through checklists and making sure her daughter, Melissa Nieder, has all she needs.
“I’m emotional,” Dumont said, her eyes welling up with tears. “Scared.”
Despite the preparations, Dumont said she wasn’t sure if her daughter was ready.
Freshman move-in began Sunday for special interest groups, such as sororities, ROTC and Marching Mizzou. Freshman interest groups move in Tuesday, and the remaining freshmen move in Wednesday, said Sylvia Jauregui, a residence hall coordinator.
Nieder said she was excited about the prospect of joining a sorority and bonding with a new group of people.
"Even if you don’t get along you still have that common sisterhood thing that brings you guys together,” she said.
Aside from Greek life, other students arrived early for professional programs.
Freshman Connor Rockholm came for the Naval ROTC.
After spending the morning moving in, he said he was feeling more confident about the transition.
“I was a little nervous,” he said. “Now I’m more excited.”
But while some students started to feel better, there were parents who were still upset.
Mark Voltz, stepfather of freshman Kate Weinzirl, who came for recruitment, said he’d already shed private tears.
“It’s a terrible feeling,” he said. “They say real men don’t cry. That’s bull.”
But as students left one support system, they joined another. Jauregui said that’s what makes move-in an important day.
“We’re welcoming our new students into the Mizzou family,” she said.