August 11, 2006
It was a busy afternoon as Augusta State University freshmen began moving into their new apartments.
News 12 followed one freshman as she settled into her new home away from home.
17-year-old Shainna Ford is full of mixed emotions.
"I'm nervous and excited at the same time, but I will adjust to it," she said.
Shainna left her home in Walterboro, South Carolina this morning to start college in a town where she doesn't know anyone. She says there is only one thing that worries her about taking on a new city by herself.
"All the traffic. You know, I'm a country girl--not used to traffic."
Her mom says she isn't ready to be without her youngest child.
"I'm all alone--just me and my dog Pepper--and it is going to be a big difference. Right now it hasn't hit me that much, but I think when I pull in that yard that's when its really going to hit me."
Shainna has signed up for the Air Force reserves. She also plans to study history and education. Mom says she will be there every step of the way.
"I want her to always remember that there's nothing that you can't call home and tell mother," she said. "This has been my little girl for 17 long years...I guess when she's 80 and I am still here she's still going to be my little girl."
But her little girl says she is ready to take on the world.
"I'm thinking wow...I can't believe I made it this far, and now that I've made it this far I get to go into the world by myself finally."
The move-in continues tomorrow at University Village for new and returning students.
Fall classes at ASU begin August 21.