Freshmen Kristi (left) and Kasey Czubernat, natives of El Cajon, Calif., carry a trunk across campus during move-in weekend.

From afar, freshmen found NC State

August 16, 2011

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When home is 2,500 miles away, there’s no turning back for forgotten items.

Accordingly, Kristi and Kasey Czubernat didn’t travel light when they left El Cajon, Calif., for their new homes: Tucker and Owen halls at NC State University. They carried enough to send their father, Ken, back to the hotel for a second load during move-in on Saturday, Aug. 13.

A desire to get away from home helped lead the Czubernats to NC State. The identical twins are among the farthest-flung new freshmen entering NC State this year. They’re part of a geographically diverse freshman class. New first-year students come from 44 U.S. states, 45 countries and 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The First Year College was the biggest draw for the Czubernats, who also considered Duke University and the University of Oregon. While Kristi and Kasey have considered majoring in business or engineering, neither has settled on a field of study. The First Year College program will expose them to a wide variety of subjects and offer the support they need during their first year, Kristi said.

“When we came to orientation, we went to a couple of meetings of the FYC,” said Kasey Czubernat. “After that, we said, ‘This is why we want NC State.’

The First Year College appealed to Kristi and Kasey’s parents, too.

“We agree with their decision to come here because of that First Year College program,” mother Denise Czubernat said. “It’s very impressive.”

While they were anxious about living so far from family and home, Kasey and Kristi said they’re mostly excited about their new adventure. As sports fans, at least, they’re assured a smooth transition. Residents of a San Diego suburb, the Czubernats are long-time fans of former NC State quarter Philip Rivers, who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers.

They’ll also have no trouble adjusting to the NC State mascot.

“My high school (West Hills High), we were the Wolfpack,” Kristi said. “So it’s Wolfpack to Wolfpack.”

Move In Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Sign of the times: move-in days. Traffic backs up along Cates Avenue as students and parents unload vehicles by Owen and Turlington residence halls. Fathers and sons make the long walk from the Reynolds Coliseum parking deck to the Tri-Towers. A mother unloads the family SUV. University Housing workers deliver a Gator and trailer load of residence hall belongings for an incoming freshman. Armed with new goodies from the book store, a student heads to his room in Bagwell Residence Hall. Although it's just a part of practice, drummers from the marching band serenade students as they move in to nearby residence halls. Sororities and fraternities assist students during move-in. A dad wrestles his son's bike from the roof of the family SUV. A mom and dad take the scenic route around Tucker Residence Hall. Members of the Providence College Ministry assist students as they move into their residence halls on Friday. A freshman and his mother get his room number from the residence mentor outside Owen. Fraternities and sororities assist students moving into their residence halls. Transportation worker Michael Edwards tells a mother where she can park after unloading her student. Student loads up her arms for another trip from car to residence hall during Friday move-in. Owen Hall resident mentor Sarah Nilson directs an incoming freshman and his parents to his room. Friends get re-aquainted during move-in. Sororities and fraternities wait to help students move in to their residence halls. Student and parents break down a cardboard box in the middle of Cates Ave. University Housing worker speeds towards the next delivery of dorm goods during move-in on Friday. Owen Hall resident advisor Will Berrier (right) gives instructions to an incoming freshman as he moves into his new home for the next nine months. Dad Greg Bobeng sets up the new computer for son, Matthew, as mom Janet takes care of some details in the freshman's new Owen dorm room. The Bobengs are from Charlotte. A dad takes care of some business on the phone while hauling his student's belongings to their new residence hall. University Housing workers head off to make their next dorm delivery. Sign warns drives along Dan Allen Drive that the area is reserved for Father and son do some heavy lifting as they head to Owen Residence Hall. Christin James gets help arranging her Sullivan Hall furniture from her family and student volunteers. Amber Perk takes a break on the stairs of Bragaw Hall during move-in. Deanna La moves heavy boxes into Bragaw Hall. Bragaw Hall welcomed new students during the weekend move-in. Christin James, back left, and her mother get some move-in help from Delta Gamma members. Parents and students moved furniture and accessories into Sullivan Hall. Sullivan Hall was a hub of move-in activity Friday afternoon. New Sullivan residents move carpet into their rooms. The student move-in process continued throughout the weekend. Incoming Sullivan Hall residents checked in and received their room keys before unloading their vehicles. Student volunteers were at the ready throughout the weekend to distribute room keys and assist incoming students with their move. Jared Demorat, right, and Matt Frank get their basketball goal up and running in Lee Hall. Jesse Paschall, right, a third-generation engineering major from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gets move-in help from Campus Crusade for Christ members. The parking lot for Lee Hall was full of move-in activity throughout the weekend. Students head for Lee Hall with another round of boxes. Students continued to move into Bragaw Hall Saturday afternoon. Parents and students moved their belongings into the dorms throughout the weekend.