TEMPE, AZ - Arizona State University is almost ready to kick off the school year, with more than 12,000 students moving into residence halls across campus.
It's a pretty exciting day in a young person's life.
"Independence, just being on my own," said Drew Davis, an incoming Arizona State University freshman.
Fellow freshman Garret Sciascia doesn't know how to feel.
"I think I'll feel it more when my parents leave and I'm sleeping there on my own I guess," Sciascia said.
Both will be away from their parents for the first time.
Sciascia leaves his hometown of Gilbert as the eldest of three.
"He's an awesome babysitter for our other kids," said Garret's mother, Gail.
"He's a great big brother to his siblings," said Garret's father, Gary. "I think just having him, we had a really good friendship."
Davis comes from Tuscon, as the youngest of three.
"He's the last one to go so we have to figure out what to do now," laughed Davis' mother, Susan.
Both leaving the nest this weekend knowing things are going to be different.
But mom and dad still have some advice for their kids as they move on to the next chapter.
Gary Sciascia advised his son Garrett to "keep your priorities straight."
But Scott Davis provided this simple nugget of advice for his son: "Be good, stay out of jail and have fun."
Students began moving into the dorms August 16 and will continue to move in across campus through August 21.