SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Tuesday was SU move-in day and for many families, that means unloading the car and saying “see ya later” until the kids come home again. But for one family here, that’s not the case.
“It’s going to be an interesting dynamic. I hope he doesn’t bother me too much,” said Aidan Welling.
Welling is an incoming freshman at SU. While other kids may have to go home to see their parents, his dad is just down the hill, working as a sergeant of patrol for the Department of Public Safety.
“I want him to experience the campus life without me kind of in the picture so, I’m really going to be in the shadows,” Sgt. Jeremy Welling said.
As for Aidan, that also means no special treatment.
“He’s like every other student right now up here, so he’s gotta abide by the same rules every other student does,” Sgt. Welling said.
But since the two are so close, just like Sgt. Welling is with all his other kids, having him right around the corner is an advantage for Aidan.
“My relationship with my dad is, it’s awesome. I mean, we like to do everything together. Ever since I was little, we watched SU games together. We have the same heart for SU,” Aiden Welling said.
Born and raised in Fayetteville, it was a given that Aidan would be coming here. And having his dad around the corner brings the love for SU full circle.
“I’m very proud of him that he got through high school. He was a very smart kid, did very well in high school and I’m just proud that he’s up here and representing the Syracuse Orange,” Sgt Welling said.
A new chapter in both of their lives and if they need each other, they’re both right around the corner.
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