MOVIN’ ON IN: Thousands flock to KSU campus to start new chapter

KENNESAW — More than 5,000 students moved into housing on Kennesaw State University campuses…

Georgia (Aug 18, 2015)KENNESAW — More than 5,000 students moved into housing on Kennesaw State University campuses this week in advance of the first day of classes Monday.


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Hillgrove High School graduate Tyler Tollefson, 18, of Marietta, was one of the 450 students moving in Saturday to the University Village Suites complex on the northern end of the Kennesaw campus.

“(I’m most excited for) the atmosphere and having my own space,” he said with a wide smile on his face. “I like the Quad.”

His first class will be geometry Monday, he said, followed by composition, wellness, and psychology.

Of the 33,000 students enrolled at KSU, Natalie Reckard, associate director of residence life on the Kennesaw campus, said about 3,500 students will make the main Kennesaw campus their home this year.

Another 1,700 students will live on the Marietta campus, which was formerly Southern Polytechnic State University before the two schools consolidated Jan. 6.


The University Village Suites, built in 2008, were busy with freshmen and their families carrying armfuls of bags and pushing cartloads of items onto elevators to fill new dorm rooms.

Tollefson’s parents, Josh Bressler and Jennifer Bressler, were in his dorm room Saturday afternoon helping to unpack and organize his things. His dad said it took two carloads to get everything to campus.

“I don’t like to pack lightly,” the freshman joked.

Tollefson said he came to KSU because it was close to home and he wanted to study economics. The teen’s mom, who was helping to unpack clothes, chimed in and said with a smile her son was studying economics so he could “become a billionaire.”

Tollefson played baseball at Hillgrove for three years, he said, and enjoys surfing. He’s the family’s youngest child to leave home for school, his parents said.

“We’ve got clothes, we’ve got bedding, a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a blender, water,” Tollefson’s dad said. “I’m excited for him. So far so good — the campus is so clean and new.”

Along with the necessities, the freshman said he will have his surfboard with him on campus, just in case he finds friends to take a road trip with. He’s looking to take trips to places like Florida or North Carolina, and hopes to find other students with similar interests.


Kadijah Arnold, a 20-year-old KSU junior from Athens studying early childhood education, was wearing a golden yellow shirt and directing new students to their rooms as they got off the elevators in University Village Suites on Saturday. She is a resident assistant for the second time this year and said she loves being able to help her peers.

If this semester is anything like last year when she was a resident assistant, Arnold said she doesn’t think students on her floor will have any problems with being homesick.

“Last year, I actually didn’t have any residents that came to me about being homesick,” she said. “It was more so people asking what they can do. They’re wanting to get out and have fun.”

Arnold said the first two weeks are exciting on campus, with fun events for students all around campus as part of the “Week of Welcome.”

With events including a foam party, casino night, fall festival, bike fiesta, bubble soccer and much more planned in the coming weeks, new students will have plenty to do, she said.


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