Friday, August 23, 2013

New Students: The Beginning of a Journey

This week, we welcomed over 400 new students and their families to LeTourneau University from all over the country and all over the world-families like Michelle and David Hudson of League City, Texas, who brought their daughter Katie to attend LeTourneau University to major in elementary education.

The Hudsons were up at 6 a.m. Wednesday to make the four-hour trip from south of Houston, caravanning in two cars, with Katie leading the way because her mom said she wanted to make sure Katie knew how to get here. Like many other families, the Hudsons made it a family affair with Katie's younger sister Olivia, 12, and older brother Josh, 20, helping to carry in boxes and bedding and suitcases.

David, an aeronautical engineer, said his family has known about LETU since his brother was a student here in the mid-1980s. David attended Embry Riddle.They said this was the first time they were taking one of their children away to college, since their eldest chose to attend a local community college in League City. Just like many of the other dads who came this week, David described the event as exciting but worrisome and a little scary, too.

Dr. Lunsford with the Hudson family: Katie, Michelle, Olivia, David and Josh.

"We knew this day was coming for a long time, so we have been getting ready for it, but now that it's here, I know it will be hitting home for us as we drive back without Katie," he said.

Michelle nodded.

"It's a little scary," she said. "I've been crying for weeks, but I feel better now. Everyone here is so friendly, so very welcoming!"

One of Katie's first questions when they arrived in Longview was where the Walmart was, since she had already remembered a few things she had left at home.

Katie and her family praised our LETU admissions staff for being so responsive and making the process easy for them. She said whenever she had a question, she would call Carl Arnold and he would get right back to her with answers. The Hudsons also commented about how caring the many LETU faculty members were who volunteered to help students move in-like Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Fred Baliraine, who helped her family carry several of Katie's boxes into her room.

Katie is one of many great examples of our new students who are excited, and a little nervous at the same time, to start this new adventure. Let us all commit to pray for them and their families for a great college experience here at LETU.