Rod Light | May 22, 2015

"Students with strong family support are more likely to succeed in college. So are those who attend Admitted Student Day," says Vice President of Enrollment Angie Richey. She says students get firsthand experience with campus life and tips for managing the new pressures and priorities every college student faces.

If you ask current LPC student Shea Vercellono what she enjoyed most about attending “Admitted Student Day” (ASD) at Life Pacific College, she would tell you it was all of the people she met and new friendships that she developed while on campus.

Admitted Student Day is a personalized preview event hosted by the Office of Admissions, designed for LPC applicants and their families. Vice President of Enrollment Angie Richey says the
event provides an opportunity for applicants to confirm their college decision and engage the campus community prior to New Student Orientation.

 

Parents and family members also appreciate ASD because they get  to personally experience the mission, vision, and values of the  college and gain confidence in their student’s decision.

 

 Shea says she enjoyed talking with a current LPC student about how to manage “life at Life” particularly about how to juggle her  social life, family relationships, and educational priorities, keeping  everything in proper balance. The encounter helped Shea  experience peace about her decision to attend LPC the next year.

 

Prospective students and their families are invited each semester to the beautiful LPC campus neatly positioned at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. The most recent gathering broke all attendance records as nearly 150 guests enjoyed breakfast with President Jim J. Adams, Vice President of Enrollment Angie Richey, and Vice President of Academics
Michael Salmeier.

 

Parents in attendance expressed appreciation for faculty presentations like Launching Your Student, taught by Gayle Samples, Ph.D, LMFT and Parents Guide to Campus Life, by Director of Student Development Joshua Arnold.

 

“ASD is a family affair, and that’s what we want,” says Angie Richey. “Research shows that the more support parents and family members provide a student during the educational process, the more successful they will be in school and the more likely the student will be to culminate their studies in graduation.”

The transition from high school to college can be intimidating for many students, Angie says. Some are excited for the new adventure, but most students experience some degree of fear and anxiety. “Getting students and families engaged with the community and connected to their peers prior to the first day of school helps establish a sense of belonging, making the transition to college more beneficial for everyone.” Shea Vercellono says she enjoyed interacting with other incoming students during ASD, including people who will become lifelong friends. “I can do this,” she says speaking of her decision to attend LPC, “and I cannot wait to see what God does in me and through
the school as I enter this next season of my life.”

 

 

 

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By Rod Light, M.A., an ordained Foursquare minister, LPC adjunct professor, and Communications Coordinator for Foursquare Missions International.