NSU Freshman Connection welcomes incoming students

By Sheridan Duet

This summer Northwestern State University welcomed over 1,000 new students to their campus during Freshman Connection. Here students had the opportunity to learn about campus resources, connect with fellow peers and upperclassman, browse different campus organizations and schedule their classes.

Brady Mathis, a recent graduate of Haughton High School who attended Freshman Connection said, “I loved how at Freshman Connection everyone was there to help. No matter what it was, the connectors were there to help.”

Brooklyn McGhee, an incoming freshman and graduate of Leesville High School, said that attending Freshman Connection and getting to create her schedule, “set {her} realization that it’s all happening, and these are the people I will spend the next four years with.”

Freshman Connection is a tradition that dates back to 1984. Freshman Connectors are upperclassmen that are selected through a rigorous process and lead new students through the tradition from high school to college as both a mentor and a friend.

This summer students had the choice to attend one of four sessions, in person, throughout the months of May, June, and July.

Pictured: Northwestern State hosted more than 1,000 new students during 2021 Freshman Connection. From left are Matt Nelson, a student coordinator; Kat Haymon, director of First Year Experience and Leadership Development; Mary Katherine Horton, assistant director, and Katie Kennedy, student coordinator.

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