Freshmen “Step Up” to College Life

by Jody Godoy ‘05

“I’ll be sleeping well tonight,” said incoming freshman Tiffany Hutchison when asked what Saturday’s move-in and orientation was like. One of approximately 825 new students, she said that although things were crowded and confusing at times, it was all part of the excitement.

Adams, Smith, and Engstrom Residence Halls were abuzz with activity August 31. A stream of students, parents, family, friends, and APU resident advisors came to-and-from the dorm entrances carrying everything but kitchen sinks. Outside, welcome signs and a PA system playing ska and punk music introduced new freshmen to the atmosphere of Smith Hall, while Engstrom offered R&B sounds and pet goldfish to residents for 50 cents a piece.

While moving in what they could, students had the opportunity check out local and student organizations represented on the Cougar Walk. Next came lunch and a welcome session for students and their parents, followed by an information meeting for parents, and a series of skits for the freshmen, depicting the fun and irony of life at APU.

Later in the afternoon, the freshmen divided into "Alpha Groups." Each group is led by an upper classman and will meet throughout the first semester for fun activities, community service, and a course called "Beginnings."

The day ended with the President’s Picnic for students and parents. Jon Wallace, DBA, presidnet, spoke, and parents and student leaders prayed with each student for the beginning of their college career.