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‘Bulldogs First Bite’ gives students early look at college

June 29, 2016
Incoming freshmen and parents gather in downtown Ruston for the beginning of the second of four orientation sessions taking place this summer. – Photo courtesy of LA Tech Orientation

Incoming freshmen and parents gather in downtown Ruston for the beginning of the second of four orientation sessions taking place this summer. – Photo courtesy of LA Tech Orientation

Chelsea Billups
Staff Reporter | cdb082@latech.edu

Louisiana Tech kicked off the first of four sessions of Orientation on June 8. The campus was filled with freshmen from across the country; and with them, came anxiety of expectations.

As the Fall 2016 quarter approaches, so does the anticipation of the new freshman class. As the future students waited to meet their orientation leaders, they filled the red tables and Student Center talking with old friends and new.

While some freshmen may not be excited to be leaving home, being on their own and having to take care of themselves; others are ready for this life change. Daryl Shields and Camille Lewis of Monroe met at orientation. Both students really admire Tech overall as a university and were impressed with Tech alumni they had previously met.

“I’m really not nervous, I feel comfortable here like this is where I belong.” said Shields.

Lewis on the other hand is a little hesitant about her living situation.

“I’m nervous about getting my roommate and the community showers,” Lewis said.

Lewis said she didn’t really consider any other universities when deciding where she would start the next chapter of her life.

“The campus is so beautiful and not too big,” she said.

In addition to the two Monroe natives’ excitement, a few students expressed some of their anxiety for their first quarter.

Incoming freshman Skylar Taylor of Alexandria had one particular task that she is worried about starting college life away from home.

“I’m nervous about laundry,” Taylor said.

Bossier City native and Airline High School graduate, Sophia Reeves, plans to pursue a nursing degree at Tech.

“I’m shy, so I’m nervous about meeting new people.” Reeves said.

Tech has a variety of people from all over the country and the world. Some of the incoming students are really looking forward to meeting the different kinds of people Tech has attracted.

Joseph Bingham, who plans to major in cyber engineering, is in that group.

“I’m not really nervous. I’m just excited to meet people from all over,” Bingham said, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Leann Tengowski from Suffolk, Virginia, is not intimidated by being 15 hours away from home; instead she’s nervous about the schoolwork.

“I’m really nervous for the tests,” Tengowski said, who is set on majoring in Biomedical Engineering. 

As seen in some of the incoming students from orientation, starting college can cause a variety of nerves and excitement. Fortunately, according to CollegeFactual.com, Louisiana Tech is one of the top programs in Louisiana and has an above average retention rate for freshmen.

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