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Members of CBU's water polo team help new team members move in on campus. Photo and story by Jessica Bills
Members of CBU's water polo team help new team members move in on campus. Photo and story by Jessica Bills
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California Baptist University welcomes new students, begins fall classes

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014)—Classes began today at California Baptist University after a busy weekend of moving into campus housing and New Student Orientation activities.

"Everyone here is so nice and respectful of those around them," said Hannah Herrman, freshman Christian studies major.

Herrmann, a triplet, drove to CBU with her father and two sisters from Everett, Wash., which took about 25 hours. When they arrived, she said the energy was "very upbeat and exciting. Everyone was eager to help out."

Herrmann explained that her two sisters are entering the nursing program, while her Christian studies major will prepare her for youth ministry.

"We wanted the support of a Christian university," Herrmann said. "We knew that God wanted us here."

The Laker family from Anchorage, Alaska, moved their son, Josh, into Smith Hall dormitory.

Josh made the decision to apply after looking for a Christian university with an engineering program. He felt CBU had the strongest one.

"We really feel blessed that the Lord is providing," said Steffanie Laker, Josh's mother.

Once boxes were moved in, students and parents moved on to the rest of the orientation activities, which included a goodbye to the parents.

"Up until that point it felt surreal to be going to college but when I said goodbye (to my dad) it hit me that I was in college and going to be 'living on my own,’" Herrmann said. "I felt excited and also a little sad for my dad knowing that his kids are 'all grown up' and in college."

Other New Student Orientation events included the Clash Bash, in which students played mini golf wearing mismatched clothes, community service projects and a Phil Wickham concert. They will also be involved in FOCUS groups, which familiarizes them with campus life and introduces them to other new students.

Fall enrollment numbers will be announced at a later date.