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Citadel welcomes nearly 700 "knobs" in 2015-16 freshman class


More than 675 students made their way into the Citadel barracks as part of its 2015-16 freshman class.

Freshman students, also known as "knobs", moved in between 7:30 and 9:30 Saturday morning, before bidding farewell to their parents, and starting their college journey.
Staff at the school admit life at the military college is a far cry from the "normal," college experience, but say it's one many grow to appreciate.

"I like to think of it like a game, said Senior Cadet Major, Brianna Young.  "You play the game, you play your part."
Knobs started by turning in their cell phones for the next week, also answering to military commands, many for the first time.
To ease the transition, a team of 270 parent volunteers signed up to pick up the load, literally, helping families haul clothing and supplies up four flights of stairs, the place where their son or daughter will now call home.

"It's definitely a unique experience," Young added.  "It teaches you about yourself and how well you handle just a little bit of pressure."
After the early morning move-in, parents had a chance to hear from Citadel president, Lt. Gen John W. Rosa, who offered a more detailed look at what many should expect as their child begins their military college career.
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