WKU students head back to the hill

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-It’s that time of year, where the hills of Western Kentucky University start to become full. It’s time for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week.

The week is designed for upcoming freshman to receive help in moving in. The day started with a convocation with the WKU faculty and staff where expectations and goals for the semester were discussed. WKU President Timothy Caboni said he’s ready for the student’s return.

“For me, there’s no better feeling than welcoming students and their families to campus, to let mom and dad know we’re going to take really good care of their young people, and to watch them begin their journey and their climb with us,” Caboni said.

Naturally, it’s a big day for the newest hilltoppers.

“It’s been really nice. It hasn’t hit me yet that I’m on my own and my parents are gone. It’s been really nice so far,” incoming freshman Gabriella Hubbs said.

It’s also a big day for the WKU parking staff, as they work hard to ensure all move ins run smoothly.

The move in process can be daunting, but the freshmen won’t be doing it alone. Masterplan gives various organizations a chance to help.

“It’s been incredible seeing so many organizations come out and help different groups of people moved in and plugged into their campus,” worship pastor at Crossland Community Church Tyler Lindsey said.

“It feels great to help out the freshmen because I’m doing something for Western’s community,” WKU Campus Cru member Zach Brynteson said.

“I’ve been helping them every year, and it just feels good helping new people, showing them how things work,” WKU Campus Cru member Jon Lawler said.

Once M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week is said and done, the students are ready to roll.

“We can’t wait for the class of 2023 to be with us and go tops,” Caboni said.