By Cedric Sealy
This fall 2017 semester proves to be a season of major population growth for Lincoln University. Currently, there are almost 700 newly enrolled ‘Lincolnians’ walking around our campus since August. This new addition of fresh faces has brought Lincoln’s total enrollment figure to nearly 2,400 students. The change in the campus population has also changed the status quo of the campus. Freshmen are now able to live in dorms which were traditionally for upperclassmen, causing Juniors and Seniors to now reside in the Studio Green housing complex in order to accommodate all the students.
Fortunately, many freshmen expressed that they had an easy transition into Lincoln’s campus. “My transition went well. I met a lot of people within my first week,” Alexis Naranjo, one of the several hundred freshmen, shared some of her new college experience.
New students like Naranjo are encouraged to take a proactive approach to getting acclimated to the university. Undoubtedly, a great part of this acclimation process is socialization, whether by making friends with new schoolmates, doing group work in the classroom, or even forming relationships with faculty and staff. “It is up to the person to be social,” freshman Nasira Wilson believes that is the duty of the individual to interact with others in order to adjust to his or her new college environment. There are countless opportunities on campus for social activity such as organizations, clubs, and even credited classes like the concert choir and the marching band. Malik Billy, another one of our fresh faces, shared on his social efforts at Lincoln thus far, “I joined NOBU and it will provide opportunities and experiences I will not get [by] myself.” Many on-campus organizations do not only encourage students to connect and make friends, but they also allow students to network and to undergo the necessary growth for a successful and promising future.
An important characteristic of Lincoln University is its authentic HBCU element. The Afro-centric culture and the family-oriented atmosphere, alongside the classes and the people, form part of the HBCU culture that many seek at schools like Lincoln University. It is an institution that aids everyone, both people of color and Caucasians, in self-discovery, leading them to find the best in themselves. “I’m hoping to raise my cultural knowledge, experience more cultural endeavors, and get out of my comfort zone,” said Naranjo. A place to widen social, intellectual and cultural perspective; this is what Lincoln University and other HBCU’s alike serve to be.