Early Monday morning about 80 future Ichabods buzzed with anticipation as they sipped coffee or juice and flipped through papers with one thing on their minds: Their first class schedule from Washburn University.
Frantaisia Randolph, 18, graduated in May from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka. She chose Washburn over some historically black colleges and universities because she thought it would be a great place to transition to life on her own. She’ll study business management and aspires to work as a corporate lawyer. The reputation of Washburn’s law school, Isia said, was a major reason she considered becoming an Ichabod.
Her aunt’s experience as a graduate student helped her decision, too.
“I liked the closeness. I loved the professors. It’s comfortable,” said Randolph’s aunt, Valerie LaMont, who earned her master’s degree in social work. “With me being an adult learner it made it a lot easier. I had a great experience.”
LaMont and her husband, Jerome, accompanied Isia throughout the day for support. All students are encouraged to bring a family member or friend to New Student Orientation. Special sessions for parents and guests are provided on topics such as housing and financial aid.
“I’m excited and nervous all at the same time,” Randolph said of the day ahead. “What I’m most excited about is choosing my classes, getting to meet with faculty.” She also was eager to explore her options regarding student activities and Greek life at the Campus Resource Fair.
The full-day orientation provides the opportunity to learn about special aspects of campus such as multicultural affairs, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Leadership Institute or Learning in the Community: The Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement. Students also learn about financing a college education, what the learning environment will be like, tour the residence halls, have lunch with faculty members and register for classes with an academic advisor.
Omar Diosdado, 24, was eager to talk with an advisor. He recently earned an associate degree in police studies from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Diosdado will pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Washburn and plans to work as a law enforcement officer.
Figuring out “what I’m going to need since I’ve already got my associates” was his primary goal for the day. Criminal justice is one of the most popular majors at Washburn, a fact that stuck with Diosdado, he said, after he visited a friend who was attending Washburn.
The ease of enrolling at Washburn impressed Diosdado. “It was not complicated at all. All the staff were very helpful, very informative.”
Brent Hartoebben chose Washburn largely because it was close to home. He graduated in May from Royal Valley High School in Hoyt and plans to study radiology.
“It’s in the medical field and it’s the way to go if you want to get a job in this economy,” said Hartoebben, 18.
Practical by nature, he’s already found a house he’ll rent with friends just south of campus. The only thing left was to officially become an Ichabod.
By the end of the day he had his iCard, the Washburn student ID, and that all-important piece of paper: His class schedule.
For more information about enrollment or registering for a new student orientation, contact the Washburn admissions office at 785-670-1030 or visit http://www.washburn.edu/admissions/freshmen/orientation/index.html. Washburn’s annual Welcome Week is Aug. 16-20. Classes begin Aug. 18.
The final orientation for students beginning classes this fall semester is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 8 a.m. Orientation begins in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. Orientation checkout and the Campus Resource Fair run from 2-5 p.m., also in the Washburn Room.
Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785-670-2154