JSU welcomes close to 1,000 new students during annual move-in day

Volunteers help new students unload their belongings.

(JACKSON, Miss.) – More than 1,000 students and their families from across the country arrived on the Jackson State University campus Aug. 11 for JSU’s annual move-in day.

“I see lots of smiling faces,” said JSU sophomore Shontrice Garrett, who was among the scores of volunteers who helped new students carry their belongings into residence halls. “We’re here to give tips about where things are on campus and help people get settled.”

JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers (left) gets to know a JSU parent.

Students from states including Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi arrived at residence hall drop-off locations, where they where greeted by dozens of enthusiastic Jacksonians, including JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers.

As vehicles pulled up in front of dorms, JSU coaches, administrators, staff, students and alumni loaded students’ belongings into rolling carts and carried suitcases and pillows into their rooms.

“I was prepared to move my own things,” said LaDonna Williamson, a freshman social work major from Detroit. “I didn’t have to move a thing.”

LaDonna Williamson (left) and cousin Chelsie Coleman will be roommates for their freshman year at JSU.

Williamson said she always wanted to move to the South and was excited about attending a Historically Black College or University. She said she was also looking forward to rooming with her cousin, freshman music education major Chelsie Coleman of Byram. The pair met for the first time earlier this year at Coleman’s high school graduation.

“We came down in May to surprise her,” said Williamson’s mother, Vernessa Brazelton, adding the trip cemented her daughter’s decision to attend JSU.

Coleman’s mother, Brenda Allen-Coleman, who along with her husband is a JSU graduate, said she’s happy her daughter decided to attend her alma mater. Her daughter earned a vocal scholarship, plays the saxophone and will march playing the piccolo with the Sonic Boom of the South.

“I never dreamed my child would go to Jackson State,” Allen-Coleman said. “But it’s been her dream to be in the band since she was 6.”

By late morning, Allen-Coleman was ready to start decorating the young women’s room with zebra stripes and lime green accents. To help with the décor, the cousins both brought their zebra and penguin Pillow Pets from home.

“It’s going to look great when I’m finished,” Allen-Coleman said.

Welcome Week activities will continue through Sunday, Aug. 19.

Freshman biology/pre-veterinary major Jared Adams of Decatur, Ga., arrived with his mother, Angela Adams. Though it wasn’t her first time dropping off a child at JSU – her eldest son Justin is a JSU senior this year – she said it was going to be tough to say goodbye.

“This is my baby,” she said. “He’s going to be so far away.”

Still, Adams said she felt good about having both of her sons at JSU. The young men are third-generation Jacksonians and have been attending JSU football games since before they were born.

“We’ve been coming down since I was pregnant,” she said. “We come to Homecoming every year.”

Jared Adams, who was also accepted to Clemson University and Louisiana State University, had mixed feelings about leaving home.

“I feels kind of good,” he said. “But it’s bittersweet.”

JSU move-in day kicks off the university’s Welcome Week, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 19. Welcome Week activities include workshops, social gatherings, community service projects and orientation sessions. The first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 20.

For a complete list of Welcome Week activities, visit: http://www.jsums.edu/announcements/jsustudentorientationfinal.pdf


8 thoughts on “JSU welcomes close to 1,000 new students during annual move-in day

  1. I was a first generation student. I am a graduate of JSU class of 2009. I am so proud of the new students. It makes me want to live it all over again. This is going to be an awesome experience for new students entering at JSU. I wish every student all the best!

  2. I was a first generation college student. I graduated from JSU ’11. My husband graduated in ’09. We are making this a family thing. This past weekend, we brought my brother. As he rearranged his room and eased into the college vibe, I couldn’t have been more proud. JSU is AMAZING, and I’m thrilled that he has settled into OUR dear ol’ college home. #theeiLove

  3. Today was a very exciting yet productive day for all that took the time to help greet and direct the incoming freshmen, as well as the hospitality shown towards the relatives of the students. Everyone did a excellent job on today! I would also like to add that the Freshmen really enjoyed the carnival on tonight as well. We, the JSU Student Body, are one of a kind! I was proud to see President Dr. Mayers along with members of her cabinet and other faculty & staff of JSU active and engaging with us and the freshmen throughout the move-in process. This is going to be one memorable school year. Welcome JSU Class of 2016!

  4. As a Southern Alumni, I was blown away. This was such a great experience. My son is a freshmen and we checked in yesterday. JSU U ROCK . We did not have to lift a finger. They had water and food for you and all sorts of goodies. I was a little worried leaving my son for the first time, but after the experience I had this weekend, I know he is in good hands. I would like to give a shot out to Mrs. Smth in financial aid, she treated us like family and we had never met before. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK JSU

  5. Once again I am truly proud of my alma matta. Today our freshman son was greeted with curb side service! My family and I didn’t have to lift a finger. We were greeted with warm JSU staff members. Customer service at its best from the president on down !

    • Thanks goes out to the JSU Tiger Fund, JSU Blue Bengal and JSU Jackson/Hinds Alumni Chapter for supporting the Freshman Move in. Most members of these organizations came out to sign up at 7am, We love our JSU students and wanted to show their family, we care.

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