Lindsey Wilson College Prepares for Students to Return
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 [8:39 AM]
COLUMBIA, KY. -- Columbia's population will increase by almost
25% this weekend as more than 1,100 students are expected to move
into the Lindsey Wilson College residence halls for the 2016-17
LWC's opening weekend is Aug. 13-14, and fall classes will begin
the week of Aug. 17 on the A.P. White Campus.
From the moment students move-in, they can expect to be met with
not just helpful, friendly faces, but a myriad of activities to
help welcome them to campus.
"The first few days on campus can be the scariest for
incoming students," said LWC Director of Student Activities Lafawn
Nettles, the organizer of opening week activities and events.
"Whether it be through carnival games or free pizza, our goal is to
make sure that the transition is as fun and seamless as
"Seeing students come together and forge great friendships
is my favorite part of opening week. It's so important that
students get out of their rooms and take this opportunity to
immerse themselves in college life and make new friends."
Opening week activities also help freshmen from coming
down with an acute case of homesickness, said LWC Assistant Dean of
Students Andy McAllister.
"If we didn't offer students a lot of programming, many of
them would get homesick because so many of our freshmen are
first-generation college students, and many of them will be away
from home for an extended period for the first time," McAllister
said. "Opening week events do a great job introducing students,
especially the freshmen, to college life."
Last year, 2,660 students -- including 1,100 residential
students -- attended LWC. Enrollment this year is expected to be
comparable. Student body president, Hannah McCandless, says she's
been impressed with how active this incoming class seems to be.
"I've already had a total of eight people ask me from the class
of 2020 ask me about running for freshman class president, and it's
not even opening week yet. To me, that says a lot," said
McCandless, "Everyone I've talked to, from regular students to
athletes, seems to have a lot of excitement and they seem eager to
be a part of campus life."
For a complete list of all Opening Week events click
here or contact Lafawn Nettles at firstname.lastname@example.org or