UHV welcomes freshmen at move-in day (w/video)
Aug. 21, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Charlene Fergerson pointed to the blank dorm room walls inside Jaguar Hall, to the space where the Austin native intends to hang her homecoming mum.
"I'll put my posters up here, too," said the 18-year-old, who has plans on hanging posters with images of her favorite rappers - Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne.
Her mother, Sonia Fergerson, shifted a cardboard box full of her oldest daughter's belongings underneath a wooden desk provided to the students checking into their assigned dormitories.
Thursday was the first move-in day for incoming freshmen at the University of Houston-Victoria.
The number of freshmen new to UHV this year has surpassed last year's enrollment, which was at 311 students, said Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist.
Fergerson said she learned about UHV through a college and career event at her high school.
"I got interested, and I came to visit," Fergerson said. "I liked it, and now I'm here."
Although the University of Houston's main campus was on her list of potential colleges, she chose UHV because of its, "chill and laid back" atmosphere, she said.
"I wanted diversity," Fergerson said. "I see diversity here."
Fergerson is the first person in her family to attend college in the last 30 years, she said.
"It's a small town, it made me feel safe," her mother Sonia Fergerson said. "I feel good about her being here."
A comforter covered in purple and blue hues protected her assigned twin mattress.
"Anything with blue I'm just in love with," Fergerson said.
After graduating with her bachelor's degree in psychology, Fergerson said she hopes to attend law school.
"I want to know what makes people do what they do," Fergerson said.
Fergerson's mother, Sonia Fergerson, said she was impressed by UHV's tuition.
For one year of 24-credit hours at UHV as a Texas resident, tuition and fees amount to $5,002.76, according to the university's tuition calculator.
"It's doable, and I wasn't overly worried about that compared to the other colleges," Fergerson said. "It's affordable and the school works with you."