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Incoming freshman were greeted by a staff of helpers today as the moving in process began. But, for many parents, dropping their kids off at college is a first, so it's important to know exactly what to pack and what to leave behind and how to let them go.

 "It's a big step, a big endeavor for them, but I also think you need to give them their space to learn and grow but you also need to stay involved in their lives," says Janel Borud, parent.

 "Students are leaving home for the very time and it's very important that they have room to grow to become an adult and make important decisions," says Devin McCall, MSU residence life director.

 New students were given carts to help move into the dorms this afternoon. Now, this can be a fun and overwhelming experience. James Moore is moving his third child in today, so he's a veteran.

 "You can't anticipate what the rooms look like, what you need. So, don't go out and buy everything first. Come check out the rooms then go to the local places and buy what you need to. Compact and efficient, that's the name of the game in the dorm rooms," says Moore.

 "The dorm room is your space, you can move your beds around, move the desks around in your room. It's good to be creative with it, make use of your space," says McCall.

 Students can contact their roommate beforehand to discuss who's bringing what.

 "We do send out some contact information for roommates, they can look for them on Facebook or contact them via their Minot State e-mail. It's important to us to facilitate those discussions beforehand so that you're not doubling up on things that you may not necessarily need so you don't have two refrigerators or two TV's or a ton of clothes," says McCall.

 McCall says less is more, is storage is key.

 "You're kind of put into a smaller space than what you're used to living in and sharing with another person. So, definitely bring storage, bins, bunk your beds or loft your beds, make some more storage space in your room," says McCall.

 There are things you can't bring, like candles and microwaves. But those will be provided on the floors for students.

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