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Incoming students get taste of MU

Orientation
Jun. 19, 2013 @ 06:51 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Incoming Marshall students got their first taste of college life Tuesday in the first of three new student orientation sessions on campus.

Eighteen-year-old Alex Root was one of those students. Six hours from where he grew up in Madisonville, Ky., Root said he already felt like he was home.

"I see this as another step in getting ready for college. Coming here, I already feel like I'm at home. This is just an opportunity to smooth out the creases for the first day," said Root, adding that his aunt was a Marshall University alumna.

Root said he chose Marshall for its Asperger Syndrome program, a condition he deals with personally.

"Marshall has one of the leading Asperger programs in the country, so that was a big reason I chose to come here," he offered.

Beth Wolfe, Marshall's director of recruiting, said the orientation sessions are an opportunity to see the fruits of her department's labor.

"I look forward to meeting the new students. It's one of the best times on campus," Wolfe said. "We get to see the fruits of our labor in recruiting students to come here."

Tuesday's orientation, specifically geared for Honors College students, was the first of three sessions. The remaining new students will take part in sessions July 9-12 or Aug. 1-2. More than 200 students are registered for each orientation week. Orientation is a required element of college life, Wolfe said, giving students the opportunity to register for classes with help from advisers, learn about campus housing, financial aid and other resources, and get photographed for their student IDs.

"This experience is a good warm-up for students to learn about all the different things available to them here at Marshall," Wolfe said. "It's built to make their lives easier once they arrive in the fall."

A program specifically designed for parents also is available, Wolfe said.

"Whether it's their first child or their fifth child going to college, they will receive some valuable information on how to support their son or daughter and help him or her to be successful," she said.

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