Students move into UHV dormitories (video)

Aug. 23, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2012 at 3:24 a.m.

Jurrell Thomas, of San Antonio, left, finishes the check-in process with resident assistant Chris Wilkins as incoming freshmen checked into Jaguar Hall.

Jurrell Thomas, of San Antonio, left, finishes the check-in process with resident assistant Chris Wilkins as incoming freshmen checked into Jaguar Hall.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

Marina Barrera had trouble sleeping Wednesday night.

The incoming freshman at the University of Houston-Victoria was estatic about moving into her dorm Thursday morning.

Her mom, aunt and grandmother made the trip from Bishop to help her make the move.

"I was a lot more nervous yesterday than I was today," the 18-year-old said.

The criminology major said she chose UHV because of the small class sizes.

"I like that sort of environment," Barrera said.

While the class sizes may be small, the freshmen class enrollment broke a record this year.

"By hitting 300, we've demonstrated that there's a need and desire to come to UHV," said Jeffery Cass, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

By looking at the preliminary enrollment numbers, UHV will have the largest combined freshmen and sophomore class with about 550 students.

While Barrera's family looked around the dorm room, her roommate was unpacking.

Zebra stripes and polka-dot sheets covered Leslie Nieto's twin bed.

"I couldn't sleep last night," Nieto, 19, said.

Nieto, a freshman biology major from Harlingen, said that despite her nerves, she's been looking forward to her move to Victoria.

"I like that it's real country here," Nieto said. "It's just peaceful."

The rooms were full at Jaguar Hall, the freshman dorm, on Thursday. As of Wednesday night, Jaguar Court, the sophomore dorm, had 16 vacancies.

On Thursday, the university will break ground on its third residential hall called Jaguar Suites, which will have a fitness center.

"We try our best to integrate learning and living," Cass said. "We'll also have shuttles this year so students won't have to walk across the highway," Cass said.

Kathryn Green, a sophomore education major, moved into Jaguar Court on Wednesday.

"I came days ahead before this event," Green said.

Green, a Jaguar Journey Leader, will be at the freshman orientation showing new students around campus Saturday.

She went through the orientation last year as a freshman.

"We learned everything through activities," Green said. "It's not your average orientation."

Green and her roommate Kayla Anderson directed students to their rooms and welcomed their families to Jaguar Hall.

"Being able to show someone what was taught to me has been thrilling," Green said.

Green said her move on Wednesday began in chaos.

"At first it looked like a tornado hit it," Green said. "But now it looks like a home."

Green smiled and laughed at the welcoming booth with the new students and their families.

"It feels good meeting new people and helping them out before they start their new journey," Green said.



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