East Texas college welcomes one of the largest freshman classes in its history

Largest freshman class at ETBU

Marshall, TX - East Texas Baptist University welcomes more than a 160 incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Today they began their three-day orientation on campus.

"The whole point is to get them to open up and get them to know other students."

The fourth year of Tiger Camp begins at East Texas Baptist University. 

Heather Hadlock, Vice President of student affairs says, "we plan a lot of events for them to get to build relationships get to know their classmates, learn about traditions here at ETBU."

Tiger Camp is an opportunity for new students to experience the ETBU campus before school starts, and become more comfortable with coming to college.

Brianna Gwinn a junior says, "out here they can just be silly and get all the nerves out ... all the anxiety... all the frustration and the worries and realize they are coming here and we're all totally crazy at some point way or another and its okay to be yourself."

Incoming freshman say the team building activities are really helping them meet new friends.

Ryder Moore incoming freshman says, "I don't know too many people here, so connecting with others and making bonds this early will help through out the year."

Sarah Johnson says by making new friends, she already feels at home.

"And to see who is really great at leading naturally and whose more of the follower and who is going to bond with you more, then say somebody else, but you know everybody is so welcoming and inviting its one of the reasons why I came here," said Johnson.

Organizers say students will feel much more confident when classes begin on August 21.

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