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Record freshman class moves in at RIT

Henrietta, N.Y. 2,800 students from all over the United States, even the world moved in to what will be considered home for the next year Tuesday.

Virginia native Deborah Bridges-Lewis packed their families mini-van with all the essentials for her first child headed to college.

Popcorn, he doesnt live without popcorn, Bridges-Lewis chuckled. Maybe it helps him study.

Studying hard is what landed students like her son, Stefan Lewis at The Rochester Institute of Technology.

I've had my eye on it for a few years now and I'm really glad I got accepted, got a nice bit of scholarship money and it's a dream come true to be able to go here, Lewis said.

Going to college is a thrill for many young adults taking the first step in becoming independent.

I'm excited to be on my own, New Hampshire native Kyle Bergeron said.

Although Bergeron is several hours away from home, he said he still plans to keep in touch with mom and dad.

I got two computers up here so Skype, phone calls, texting, Bergeron said.

Some students came from different time zones and climates and will have to get used to more than just the freshmen 15.

I hear it gets really cold, Arkansas native Hayden Burger said. I'm packed, I think I got my hunting gear here, we probably get two to three days that gets below freezing. I think it's going to be different here, Burger said.

It took Adrian Cruzat two flights to get to Rochester from Peru, South America.

One to Atlanta, that's like 6 hours and another one here, like two to three hours, Cruzat said.

Cruzat said he chose RIT for better opportunities.

I believe RIT offered me the best things I could get. I believe it had a beautiful campus and I believe here, I could meet nice people, Cruzat said.

Something his home doesn't have -- much of a winter.

We have never seen snow in my city before, Cruzat said.

Classes start Monday.

This is the first year in which the university will have traditional semesters, rather than quarters.


 Alexis Arnold, 13WHAM-TV
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