COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Less than three weeks
after graduating the second half of its largest class in college
history, Lindsey Wilson College welcomed the first installment of
its Class of 2017 on Thursday.
The college held the first of five EDGE days scheduled for the summer. EDGE --
which stands for education, development, growth and experience --
is a daylong orientation program for incoming freshmen. The day
introduces freshmen to the LWC community and gives them
opportunities to meet the college's faculty, staff and
Thursday's EDGE attracted 154 incoming freshmen. Two more
will be held Friday and Saturday, then the final two will be July
"EDGE represents the beginning of the next step in the
journey of life for our incoming students," said LWC Student
Activities Director Jayne Hopkins, who oversees EDGE. "Many
students will meet other students and staff in their EDGE groups
that they will stay connected with throughout their four years at
Hannah Hogue of Danville, Ky., was one of those freshmen
who was looking forward to meeting people. Hogue, who attended
Thursday's EDGE day with her mother, Karen, graduated from Boyle
County High School on Friday night. Six days later, she was already
a college freshman.
"It's all happened very fast," Hogue said. "I'm a little
nervous because I just feel like I'm going to be the awkward
person. I don't like change that much."
Hogue said she was attracted to LWC because of the small
campus and "family atmosphere." That also helped seal the deal for
"I was worried about her going to a bigger school in a
bigger city," Karen Hogue said. "But I was very pleased when she
decided to come (to LWC) instead."
In the morning, student EDGE leaders conducted
team-building sessions that introduced freshmen to other new
incoming students. They were also told about the 2013-14 common
reading for freshmen, Kelsey Timmerman's Where am I Wearing: A
Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our
"Part of our goal for you during your freshman year is to help
you adjust to college, but we also want to introduce you to how to
think critically about the world around you and issues that affect
your life," Freshman Advisor Heather Davis told a group of freshmen
in Goodhue Academic Building.
After lunch, incoming students and their parents convened in
Biggers Sports Center to finalize financial-aid paperwork, receive
a parking permit and library card, receive a class schedule, and
view LWC's academic and extracurricular opportunities.
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