Allison Roye, of Huntington, was enjoying the calm before the debate storm Tuesday afternoon.
By 4 p.m. she had checked in at Hofstra USA Campus Cafe and Grill and received her souvenir ticket — the first step to getting into the debate.
Once all 300 students going to the debate received souvenir tickets (which required them to swipe their Hofstra I.D. And prove they were registered to vote), they were individually checked in to be bussed to a separate location to pick up their real tickets and then to the debate hall.
"Not much has happened so far except I've been watching all of my friends on TV while we're waiting," said Roye, 18, dressed for the debate in a pencil skirt and blazer. "It's still surreal."
While waiting in line to get on the bus, Hofstra graduate student Bryan Goodovitch, of Seaford, described the process of getting into the debate as "seamless."
"I'm pretty excited," he said. "This is a once in a lifetime experience."