University welcomes largest incoming freshman class in school history
Published: Monday, August 20, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012 01:08
West Virginia University freshman Paul Lentz knew the gateway to his adult life was nearly 5,400 miles away from his Honolulu home – in Morgantown.
Lentz, a forensic science student, said he was excited to be a part of "The Pride of West Virginia," the Mountaineer Marching Band, to begin his studies and to transition into life on his own in a different town.
"I’m excited to learn, get a real education and just begin my adult life," he said. "I really wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."
Lentz is joining the Mountaineer family as part of the University’s largest-ever class of incoming freshmen.
Friday, approximately 5,200 freshmen and their families traveled to Morgantown for freshman move-in day.
Adam Wheeler, a forensic science student from New York, said coming from a small town, he was excited to begin life at a large University and enjoy the academic opportunities that come with the University’s size.
"I come from a small school, so it’s definitely nice to be a part of a bigger school," he said. "WVU has one of the best programs in the country for my major. Overall, I’m excited for a totally new experience."
Environmental science student Spenser Yost, from York, Pa., said along with beginning his college career, he was excited for the outdoor adventure opportunities Morgantown’s location offers.
"I love outdoor activities, and I love that WVU’s location is so close to places to go white water rafting and kayaking," he said.
"This is a whole new experience for me. I can’t wait to get started with college."
While many students were eager to begin a new chapter in their lives, move-in was a bittersweet experience for some of their families.
Suzanne Meckert from Hudson, Ohio, was preparing to move her youngest child into the residence hall.
"He’s my last one," she said. "We’ve been through this before. I’m just as excited for him as he is."
Meckert said despite the sadness that comes with having to watch her youngest son transition into adulthood, she is excited for the new opportunities that lie ahead for him.
"I’m excited that he’ll be finding balance, eventually," she said. "Most importantly, I’m excited for him to be in the agronomy program. It’s so strong here and so well-suited for him."
The University has planned Welcome Week events throughout the week for all incoming and returning students.
For a complete schedule of Welcome Week events, visit http://welcomeweek.wvu.edu/.