WKU Freshmen Adjusting to Home on the Hill

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Many freshmen have moved into their new university homes, and are now busy participating in campus activities. They say they are busy adjusting to their new home on the hill.

Between M.A.S.T.E.R. plan activities, freshmen toured the campus, bought their books, and grabbed a bite to eat.

"I moved in yesterday, and basically, I have been doing the M.A.S.T.E.R. plan schedule. They have us doing orientation things, ice breakers with everybody, and get to know people and connections throughout the college right now," Freshman, Alex Bradley, said.

Several students say although they have been busy, they are glad to be more independent.

"I'm excited to be out on my own, a little nervous, but I feel well prepared. I have so many people around me to support me, and I feel like WKU has lots of staff members who will hold me accountable," Freshman, Hayley Clayton, said.

One Western leader says he wanted to become involved because he remembers the emotion of being an incoming freshman.

"The best thing, you know, is to put a smile on my face and say I've been there. I was there last year. It only gets better from here," Zach Jones said.

Jones also says the activities extend beyond campus.

"I know that some people are going Meijer, and that there's a lot of vendors set up. They're wanting to give away free items to help the freshmen get started," Jones said.

The first Meijer Mania is going on now, through 11:30 tonight.

"We're going to have events spread out throughout the whole store. We're going to have sampling events, free giveaways, and we have a flyer here that has a nice 10% coupon," Store Manager, Bill Thompson, said.

But, during the activities and fun, campus police say their main priority is safety, and officers will be patrolling with the help of technology.

"By pushing the red button on an Emergency Telecom, a call is made to the campus police where they can see your surroundings, interact with you through the speaker, and send an officer there within a matter of minutes."

"We definitely feel as though it's not just a deterrent, but it's a great safety feature for students," Captain, Dominic Ossello, said.

Classes at Western will begin on Monday, August 25th.

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