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EDGE Days Welcome Class of 2018 to LWC

Posted on Monday, June 09, 2014 [2:01 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Gabrielle Brotzman began her Lindsey Wilson College career before she graduated from high school.

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 incoming students.

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 opportunities.

Two more EDGE days will be held, on July 25-26.

"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."

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