Police told people to avoid campus if possible. You can't blame them, but some people didn't have a choice. Families say it was a little crazy, but they're happy to get settled in for the new school year.
"Third time." said Rick Robin, who was helping his daughter move in. "Yes, it is."
But even with a little practice under his belt, Rick's third trek to the UI to drop off one of his daughters was pretty busy.
"This is a crazy day, but thankfully, we only have to do it once a year," said Rick.
Once a year is more than enough for thousands of new students, including Rick's daughter, Megan. After her first trip upstairs, she was already starting to get tired.
"It's been pretty good," said Megan. "A little sweaty, really hot, but so far, so good. Once everything's done, I'll be really happy."
For many families, this was their first time navigating the first year traffic. Some drivers who don't have freshmen students stayed as far away as they could.
"I just know better than to just run right into traffic," said Geraldine Moore, who lives in Champaign. "It takes longer than ten minutes to try to get out of all the traffic jams, so I just avoid it."
But, whether you avoid it or not, the students are back in town and they'll be sticking around for awhile.
"We just want to make sure they're safe and ready to go for school and then I think we can relax a little bit," said Rick.
Families say traffic wasn't as bad as it's been in the past. They tried to get there early so they could get out of town as quickly as possible.
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