|New students break the ice at summer orientation
RELEASED: June 12, 2003
DANVILLE, KYEach year a new batch of fresh-faced, bright-minded young people flock to Centre's campus to seek new beginnings, new experiences and an education. For the past two years the incoming freshman class has had the chance to have their questions answered, sign up for classes, tour campus and stay overnight in a residence hall.
Summer orientation at Centre took place June 8-10, and another session will be held June 16-17.
"In the past, orientation was primarily centered around testing. We really started thinking about the adjustments the students were making and what they were thinking about over the summer," said Trina McFarland, Centre's director of services and leadership development.
During the orientation sessions, students meet with faculty, staff, advisors and peers who help them make the decisions they need to make to ensure a positive Centre experience.
"Talking to a French professor got me excited about studying abroad. He was encouraging," said Mary Morgan of Douglas, Wyo.
Students get a taste of college life and learn what to expect once the school year begins. One of the sessions, titled "Saving Quarters, Sharing a Bathroom and Everything Else You Need to Know About Life in the Residence Hall," illustrated some of the issues students might encounter.
Other sessions deal with class scheduling, expectations, and succeeding in college.
Orientation also gave students a chance to meet other incoming freshmen, get acquainted and begin long-lasting college friendships.
"I liked the icebreakers. We went around and told our worst scar stories," said Hannah Baker of Lexington, Ky. Students told of their worst scar and how they obtained it.
Students get the option to stay overnight in a residence hall or just come for the day.
"I like doing the overnight. The students are more comfortable the second day. They're getting their questions answered and easing any anxiety they might have and increasing excitement," McFarland said.
To record those feelings of excitement and anxiousness, students write letters to themselves, which will be returned to them as seniors.
Students aren't the only ones getting acquainted with college. Centre also hosts sessions for parents from a licensed therapist about letting their children move on. Parents also get a chance to write letters to their students.
After two days, the incoming freshmen are ready and excited to begin their new journey this fall.
"I'm better adapted now," said Steven Muck of Nashville, Tenn. "I know where to go and have some people to talk to, and know where the buildings are.
"New place, new challenge
I'm really looking forward to this."
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