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Incoming Freshman Discusses Her Early Impressions Of SHSU

June 28, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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Freshman Kelsie Gabel (right), with her New Student Orientation leader Lauren Fenn —Photos by Brian Blalock


Kelsie Gabel is an incoming freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. In the account below, Gabel describes why she chose SHSU, visiting campus during New Student Orientation June 7-8, and her impressions of her experiences here.

I was born in San Antonio, and when I was three I moved to Dallas. At the age of five I moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and have lived there ever since. While in Jacksonville, I spent my entire school career at a college preparatory school called the Providence School. As a high school student, I participated on the track and field team, cheered four years on the varsity cheer team (two years as a captain), and was a member of the school’s all-girl community service club, of which I was president two years. I also went on three overseas mission trips, one year to Roatan, Honduras, and two years to Costa Rica.

Once it came to deciding where I wanted to go to college, Texas schools were my only option. In my opinion, Florida schools can’t compete with the honor and sense of tradition at Texas schools. Plus, I have always wanted to come back home to Texas. SHSU seemed perfect for me. The school wasn't too big, or too small. There is lots of history and tradition at Sam and that is very important to me. SHSU was also a great pick for me because it was the first teacher's college in Texas, and I'm an education major. I chose to be an education major because of my love for students and the compassion I have for them. I have always wanted to be a good mentor and role model for young people, just like I had when I was young. I believe that all teachers have influences on their students, and I would like to be the positive influence that some children may not have in their lives.

When I came to SHSU for orientation, I had only been on the campus once before, last October for Saturdays@Sam. I really fell in love with the campus. Since Florida's completely flat, the hilly geography at Sam has been a nice change. It was definitely a new experience walking along the campus, especially from Lone Star Hall all the way to the HKC.

My orientation experience was wonderful; getting to know the campus and more about the school through orientation has been extremely beneficial. As an out-of-state student, orientation was definitely a must. Now I have the inside scoop of all the perks about being an SHSU Bearkat. Orientation gave me such a great opportunity to get to know my future home as well as giving me a chance to meet my fellow classmates. The program has been absolutely great! Time with our small groups was a good chance to get to know other students on a personal level. My orientation leader was Lauren Fenn. She was really open with our group and if we had any questions, she always had an answer. My favorite aspect of orientation was the “Passport to Sam.” Each organization on campus had a display set up for all of the incoming freshmen. It was very informational, and I’ve already picked out certain organizations I’d like to be a part of starting in the fall semester.

Orientation and visiting the campus have definitely impacted my feelings about choosing this school. I feel totally welcomed and at home when I'm at Sam. I know I'll have an awesome experience here when I come back in the fall. I cannot wait to officially become an SHSU Bearkat!



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