KOKOMO, Ind. —Nearly 700 incoming students prepared for a successful first year at Indiana University Kokomo, by attending a New Student Orientation program before the fall semester begins Monday, August 20.
About 150 students attended the most recent session, learning where to find their classes, how to get involved in student activities and use campus technology, as well as how to manage their finances, among other activities.
Abby Oyler, from Swayzee, was happy to be on campus for the most recent orientation session.
"I'm in the Army Reserves, and my recruiter said IU Kokomo was the best place for me to go for biology, so I can go to veterinary school," she said. "I'm excited to finally be here. I graduated from high school in December 2009, and now because of the military, I can go to college."
Orientation leaders, who are current students or recent graduates, led campus tours and answered questions. They are also available during their first few weeks of classes, to help them make a smooth transition to college life.
Chancellor Michael Harris also offered a warm Cougar welcome.
"You have chosen the best regional campus in the world," he said. "We offer the best experiences of a private campus, at the cost of a public university. You will have a world-class IU degree that will carry you all around the world."
Jerome Campbell, from Indianapolis, has already met some students, preparing for his first season on the men's basketball team. He plans to study chemistry, and said he's impressed with faculty in the School of Sciences, and is eager to continue his athletic career in college.
"I'm excited to play basketball at IU Kokomo, and I can't wait for the season to start," he said.
Tammy Dube and Jessica Piel both chose IU Kokomo for the School of Nursing. Dube, from Indianapolis, is continuing her education in the R.N. to B.S.N. program.
"I'm excited to learn more and meet new people," she said. "One of my co-workers recommended IU Kokomo's R.N. to B.S.N program because she really liked it and it helped her in her career. I met with an advisor, and she was really helpful."
Piel said the nursing program's reputation attracted her, and she is glad to earn her degree near her home in Tipton.
"IU Kokomo has a great nursing program. I like that I can be close to my family and friends, and to my jobs at Community Howard Regional Health and IU Health Tipton Hospital."
Cameron Steward came to campus from Shreveport, La., to study art and photography.
"I'm looking forward to having new experiences in general, making new friends and meeting new people," he said. "I'm excited to take art classes here too. I might work for the student newspaper."
Mac Decker, from Frankfort, is impressed with the quality of programs he can chose from when he is ready to declare a major. He's also looking forward to being part of the campus life.
"I chose IU Kokomo because it is known for its academic programs, and it's close to home. I like all the activities for students, and I plan to go to volleyball and basketball games."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.