COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Gabrielle Brotzman began her
Lindsey Wilson College career before she graduated from high
Brotzman was on campus Saturday morning for an EDGE day, two
days before she graduated from Eastern High School in Middletown,
Ky. And Brotzman could hardly wait to begin college.
"I'm so excited. Today, all of my friends are just kind of
sleeping in," Brotzman said on Saturday morning. "I was like,
'Nope, I am ready to go. I'm going to college. I'll see you all
later because I'm ready to go.'"
Brotzman was one of 310 incoming freshmen who were on campus
Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, 7, for an EDGE day.
EDGE -- which stands for education,
development, growth and experience -- is an orientation program for
incoming freshmen. The day introduces freshmen to the LWC community
and gives them several opportunities to meet the college's faculty,
staff and students. In the morning, student EDGE leaders conduct
team-building sessions that introduce freshmen to other new
After lunch, incoming students and their parents gather in
Biggers Sports Center to finalize financial-aid paperwork, receive
a parking permit and library card, receive a class schedule, and
ask questions about the college's academic and extracurricular
Two more EDGE days will be held, on July
"The great thing about EDGE days is that they are a very low-key
and fun way for freshmen to be introduced to the Lindsey Wilson
community," said LWC Director of Student Activities Jayne Hopkins. "The day
serves as a sort of bridge between finishing high school and
starting at Lindsey Wilson. Freshmen get to meet other freshmen,
and they also get to talk to people about things they need to do to
prepare for a successful start to college."
Derek Smith of Russell Springs, Ky., said EDGE
wasn't the kind of experience he expected.
"EDGE was amazing -- it was a very fun time and everyone was
very open with us," said Smith, who graduated May 28 from Russell
County High School and then attended Thursday's EDGE day.
Holly Short of Jamestown, Ky., said she was
surprised by the number of students from outside of the region she
met at Thursday's EDGE day.
"There were more people from out of state than I expected," said
Short, also a Russell County High School graduate. "I met people
from Tennessee, Michigan and Idaho. … That's exciting to have that
kind of diverse student body, and to meet people with other stories
from other places."