Freshman Flood Knox College

By Maggie Vespa

September 4, 2010 Updated Sep 4, 2010 at 6:16 PM CDT

On a bright sunny Saturday morning, you might think packing all your belongings into a minivan, only to unpack them again hours later, would be the last thing an 18 year-old would want to do.

According to Knox College freshman Max Glassner, you'd be right.

"Yeah, my parents did it. It took them like 15 minutes. They wanted to get it over with," he said.

"Got right in, parked the car right in front, took everything right up. We even assembled the bike with no problem. Yeah, so far so good," said Max's father Roy Glassner.

That's exactly the way heads at Knox want it.

They say this year, enrollment is up, way up.

With just over 400 students, the freshman of 2010 mark the second largest class ever to enter Knox, which makes for the second largest move-in day.

The school recruited extra 'orientation leaders' like senior Tim Schmeling to keep stress levels low.

"That's what we try to keep at a minimum because when they get stressed, they make things difficult, and we don't want them making things difficult," said Schmeling.

Directors at Knox add the demographics of this year's freshman class are different.

Incoming students hale from several states and more than 20 countries.

For 18 year-old Biyi Wen, the decision to travel from her home of Canton, China to Knox was simple.

"it admitted me first. Then it gave out the most financial aid," she said.

It wasn't as easy a choice for Colorado native Sydney Noto, but in a small way Knox seemed familiar.

"I wanted to stay in Colorado, but since all the schools there are huge and since I graduated with a class of 11 kids, Knox fit that, too," she said.

While many have different reasons for choosing Knox, they say that first-day feeling is hard to avoid.

"I'm so excited. I'm really excited for my roommate. She seems pretty cool. Her name is Shelly, and um... everything," said Jordyn Stewart.

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