Students braving rain and pandemic during college move-in

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Monday began move-in day for freshmen at the University of Kentucky, who were greeted by rain and a surging coronavirus. Cole Durkee is one of many freshmen at UK moving-in to begin his college career during a pandemic.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, especially with being at home the last year, it’s really nice to get out,” says Durkee.

He’s from Georgia where some of the COVID safety protocols are more relaxed and says he welcomes the stricter safety guidelines.

UK begins classes August 23rd. Faculty say it’s nice to see students back on campus, even masked up.

“It’s invigorating because it brings the life back to campus that we’ve been waiting for,” says Sarah Nikirk, Auxiliary Services executive director.

While freshmen living in Woodland Glen III unloaded their vehicles and brought things inside, the UK marching band played music. Students also had the chance to be personally welcomed by President Eli Capilouto.

“There are going to be ups and downs. There are people here to help you in both of those,” says Capilouto in words of advice to the incoming freshmen. “It’s a wonderful time to grow, to learn from the exceptional days and sometimes when you have those bad ones, but we’re here for you.”

“I’m really excited about just meeting new people and trying out new things, you know getting back into in person classes because I really missed doing that for like one and a half years now,” says Wendo Fan, freshman in the class of 2025.

Despite the rainy weather and COVID threat, families say the overall experience was smooth and easy.

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