New academic paths begin

Angela Causey, right, a pre-med student from New Orleans is all smiles as she moved into her Herget Hall dorm room with help from her mother, Cassandra Parker, her father, Terry Causey, and her brother, Trey. (BILL FEIG/The Advocate)

Terry Causey was trying to be strong Thursday as he helped move his oldest daughter, a 17-year-old freshman, into her new dorm room at LSU’s Herget Hall.

Across Baton Rouge, thousands of parents are grappling with the same emotions, as thousands of students poured into town for Monday’s start of the fall semester at Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College and LSU.

The weekend leading up to the start of classes was filled with activities. Students took part in community service projects, met with their teachers and learned where their classes would be.

“I haven’t cried yet, but I might,” said Causey, a New Orleans native. “My daughter told me to wait until December before I start calling. She was offered a chance to go to Tulane, but she chose LSU. She wanted her independence.”