Thousands of new East Carolina University students moved their belongings into their new dorms on Wednesday.
Intended nursing major Ani Marenova, a Raleigh native, had the chance to sit on her bed in the Jarvis for the first time.
“I am nervous but more excited and optimistic to see what is about to come,” said Marenova.
Marenova moved to the United States from Bulgaria when she was a month old
“My parents were like, ‘We want Ani to have a better education, a better life, so we should move here,’” said Marenova. “So, we got a green card, and we moved here.”
Her parents said their dream for their daughter is becoming a reality as she joins Pirate Nation.
“Families come to us today in different places,” said Bill McCartney, associated vice chancellor of ECU Campus Living. “Some are sending their first child to campus and some are sending their last. They each come at a different point in their own life, and it is our job to make them feel welcome, and home for them and their parents.”
Hundreds of volunteers were on campus helping students like Ani move in.
While it can be nerve-wracking to say goodbyes to loved ones, Marenova said she hopes her experience as an ECU Pirate will allow her to “realize who I truly am, learn who I am as a person.”
There are already about 1,000 students living on campus, including athletes and other students who had an early move-in.
A total of 4,400 students moved in Wednesday. Classes begin Monday.