OAKLAND (KDKA) – Thousands of people are descending on Oakland today and many of the busiest streets around the Pitt campus are blocked, closed or detoured as first year students move in.

When freshmen come to campus, one of the first stops they will make is at the Student Union. In fact, it’s one of the first signs they see.

But for commuters who are used to spending time in Oakland, one of the first signs says Bigelow Boulevard is going to be closed all week.

“Where should I park? Where should I go? Where am I allowed to drive and it’s just like driving questions because I am instructing people on where to go and park and how to move in easier,” Lori Penrose said.

Penrose is one of hundreds of volunteers wearing the bright yellow arrival survival T-shirts. It’s their job to make sure the move-in goes as smooth as possible.

Some students were more organized than others.

“I used the University list and a couple other places and I had to make a huge list and I made piles all over my room and other rooms in the house and then, I started actually packing everything probably a couple days before moving in,” Samantha Rosenberg said.

It’s not just the students who are a bundle of nerves. It’s just as hard for parents to drop their children off at school.

“It’s a mixture. I mean, we are happy for her obviously, great start, great school. She’s going to have a great adventure, but like I said, it’s our baby. So, last one out, so we’ll adjust,” Dan Vines said.

With Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne and Point Park all moving in this week, expect a lot of nearby streets to be closed.

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