To help new students feel instantly at home, President Tim Perrin, faculty, staff, and current students welcomed LCU’s 60th Freshmen class by lending a hand unpacking cars at freshmen move-in.
The group of helpers gathered first at Katie Rogers dorm to help incoming freshmen move in starting as early as 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 18. Students checked in with their families. A constant stream of people carried furniture, boxes, and bags unloaded from cars to their rooms. President Perrin greeted new freshmen with smiles, hand-shakes, and hugs. At 10 a.m., the group moved to help the men move in at Johnson Hall.
Freshman A.J. Crump moved to LCU from Chicago after a high school counselor recommended it on a list of potential colleges. He liked LCU best. His family came with him from Illinois to help.
“I’m excited to experience a new culture outside of Chicago and what I’m used to,” he said.
Freshmen and their families had the day to move into the dorms, unpack, and start settling into the rooms before the start of GO! Orientation Thursday night. GO (Get Oriented) will prepare students for the school year by introducing them to campus before classes start and by fostering new relationships to help LCU feel like family, and freshmen are excited to get started.
“I’m looking forward to the smaller class sizes and the community they have here. It’s amazing, and it makes the learning experience so much easier and better,” said freshman Victoria Acosta as she moved into Katie Rogers.
Her roommate, freshman Alexa Macias, agreed, “It’s like a family; they make you feel welcome all the time. That’s why I chose to come here.” The two knew each other before deciding to room together and are excited for the year ahead.
The transition to college life can be overwhelming and emotional for both new students and their families. Part of the reason faculty and staff come together to help new students move is because they understand the difficulties of the transition. Serving students and their families with unpacking is a way for the LCU community to make the move as easy as possible.
“It’s mixed emotions, and I can’t explain it because I don’t want to get teared up. He’s out first one to go to college, so we’re excited for him,” said Sylvia Ochoa who drove from Midland to move her son, Joshua, into Johnson Hall. “The first thing you feel is the welcome at LCU, and that’s what I like about it. I look at him, and I know he feels at home, and that’s how I want him to feel: home.”