Ready for a new beginning


First year students move into Wilmington College

By Dylanne Petros - dpetros@civitasmedia.com



Meagan Wise, from Wayne, Ohio, organizes her desk during move-in day Thursday.

Meagan Wise, from Wayne, Ohio, organizes her desk during move-in day Thursday.


Upperclassmen help move in first-year students during move-in day at Wilmington College Thursday.


Upperclassman take a break from helping first-year students from moving into Austin-Pickett Halls Thursday at Wilmington College.


A new student at Wilmington College works to turn her residence hall room into a home Thursday at Wilmington College.


WILMINGTON – Wilmington College may not be as big as Ohio State University or Bowling Green State University, but the small-town college has a big appeal to students.

One of those students is Meagan Wise, 18, of Wayne, Ohio.

Wise moved into Austin-Pickett Halls during move-in day Thursday, eager to start her new adventure at Wilmington College.

WC’s student body, Wise said, is about the size of Wayne, Ohio, and she is excited about attending Wilmington.

“Bowling Green is the main town around us so I came from a big campus that I had seen and then all of a sudden there was a small campus and I (said), ‘I can call this home,’” she said. “I thought it was beautiful.”

Wilmington College also had a huge appeal for Wise because of the majors it offers, she said.

She plans on majoring in agriculture business and education, and Wilmington is one of the only colleges in the state that offers agriculture business, she said.

“It’s the only (agriculture school) other than Ohio State,” she said.

Wise said she is excited to meet new people in her new town and and also excited to start classes.

Even though Wise moved almost thr ee hours away from her hometown, she already knows one person in Wilmington — her roommate.

“We’ve been texting back and forth, but I actually met her at the Seneca County Fair,” she said. “We went there and watched the rodeo.”

Wise will be living in Austin-Pickett Halls, the first-year student residence halls. Austin Hall opened in 1957 after two years of construction. Pickett Hall opened in 1965.

Both residence halls have communal bathrooms and share a first-floor lobby and a TV lounge on the second floor.

First-year students will participate in the First Year Connections program, a program that helps students transition into the college environment throughout the first year.

Classes start Monday.

Meagan Wise, from Wayne, Ohio, organizes her desk during move-in day Thursday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_girl-organizing.jpgMeagan Wise, from Wayne, Ohio, organizes her desk during move-in day Thursday.

Upperclassmen help move in first-year students during move-in day at Wilmington College Thursday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_move-in-help.jpgUpperclassmen help move in first-year students during move-in day at Wilmington College Thursday.

Upperclassman take a break from helping first-year students from moving into Austin-Pickett Halls Thursday at Wilmington College.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_move-in-lazy.jpgUpperclassman take a break from helping first-year students from moving into Austin-Pickett Halls Thursday at Wilmington College.

A new student at Wilmington College works to turn her residence hall room into a home Thursday at Wilmington College.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_student-decorating.jpgA new student at Wilmington College works to turn her residence hall room into a home Thursday at Wilmington College.
First year students move into Wilmington College

By Dylanne Petros

dpetros@civitasmedia.com