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Students prepare for campus life

June 29, 2012 12:00AM

Pitt C.A.R.E.S. leader Andrew Hayse calls on an incoming freshman during a small-group discussion on June 4.

About 110 eager new freshmen and many of their parents, siblings and even a few grandparents arrived on the Pittsburg State campus June 4 for the first of nine Pitt C.A.R.E.S. (Campus Advisement, Registration and Enrollment Sessions).

“This is the first step on the road to a successful college career,” said Jon Bartlow, associate director of Admission. “Our goal is to answer questions, break the ice and get students excited about the beginning of this new chapter in their lives.”

The day is packed full of information and to make sure some of the messages have greater impact, student C.A.R.E.S. leaders deliver them as humorous skits.

Students in CARES session June 4In addition to the do’s and don’ts of college life, students and their families learn practical things about campus safety, financial aid and paying for college, international experience, student health services, career services and student employment and campus activities.

Lindsey Lockhart, an incoming freshman from Salina, Kan., said she was happy her mom was along to help take notes.

“There was a lot of information. They were really thorough,” Lockhart said. “But I had fun and I feel really prepared.”

Jacob Freeman, an incoming freshman from Harrisonville, Mo., said he wasn’t very nervous about going away to college, in part because he is the fourth in his family to do so. But he is the first to come to PSU.

CARES student leader June 4“I’m really excited to come here in the fall,” Freeman said. “I visited here last year and I really liked it. I especially like the construction management program.”

Jacob’s mother, Kay Freeman, said although she is very experienced at sending a youngster off to college, she still found the C.A.R.E.S. sessions valuable.

“Pitt State does an awesome job,” Freeman said. “They were very friendly and student focused in everything they did today.”

Ryan Pittsenbarger, a senior from Lamar, Mo., was one of about 20 Pitt the C.A.R.E.S. student leaders at today’s first session. It was an experience he had as an incoming freshman not that long ago and he recalls the student skits with a smile.

“I remember telling my mom, ‘I will never do anything like this!’” Pittsenbarger said. “Now this is my third year doing Pitt the C.A.R.E.S. and I love it!”

The Pitt the C.A.R.E.S. sessions will continue on each Monday and Friday of June. A ninth session has been added during the last week of June to accommodate high demand, Bartlow said. The first seven sessions are full, but new enrollees can still get assigned to a Pitt C.A.R.E.S. session later in the month. For information about enrolling for the fall semester, contact the PSU Office of Admission at 620-235-4251 or visit the office online at

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