There was a bustling flow of traffic on the streets and on the sidewalks of downtown East Lansing Sunday. One day before the start of classes at MSU, and the community is sprawling with students once again.
"This is sort of our Christmas season, just as it would be at Macy's or Meijer," explains Student Book Store Assistant Manager Mike Wylie. "This is our busy time."
The SBS has been preparing for the back to school rush all summer long.
"It really started kicking in earlier this week," he says. "It's gotten busier every single day since Wednesday when the dorms opened up."
About two thousand people have been shopping for books and supplies, at SBS, everyday for the past few days. Sophomore Erica Waltz is one of them.
"I'm looking forward to learning more," she says. "The professors are fun, and it's kind of nice to have that completed feeling that I did that class."
"I've been waiting to get back here for so long," adds Douglas Williams.
Also a sophomore, he is less thrilled about hitting the books, but more excited about the social scene that comes with a new school year.
"I love meeting new people. There's big, big diversity here at MSU, and I'm looking forward to it."
At Tony's Restaurant, the back to school crowd packed in -- regulars like junior Elizabeth Williams and her friends.
"I'm waiting for the football games to start back and just see everyone," she says. "I'm turning 21 this year, so I'm expecting a good year."
And that year, it's just about to begin.