GREENWICH VILLAGE — They came by plane, train, and automobile, and many of them could have used more sleep.
More than 5,000 students descended on New York University's campus Sunday, hauling boxes, suitcases, and stacks of books into the dorm rooms that will forever be etched in memories as their first New York City apartments.
Freshman Brette Connolly, 19, who took a red-eye flight from her home in San Rafael, near San Francisco, California, was moving in to Goddard Hall with the help of her dad, Damon Connolly, 49.
"I'm really excited about the new semester," said the English major. "A sophmore helped me move in, and he was great," she said, though getting her printer set up was already giving her and her dad headache.
After 12 hours driving in the car with her mother from Indianapolis, freshman Rachel Daugherty, 18, thought starting her classes in theater and business would be the easy part.
"Everything is fine now, but when we saw the traffic at the Holland Tunnel, I was like, 'Wow. I think we might be in traffic for a while.'"
Sophmore Heather Mundinger, 19, came from Smithtown, Long Island, and was acting as an NYU campus ambassador to Goddard Hall's new crowd of freshman.
"We have over 5,000 new students moving in today, and apart from one of the elevators not working for about half an hour, everything has gone very smoothly," she said. "The elevator was the only hiccup."