UNK students kick off school year with Blue and Gold Showcase

UNK Students kick off the school year with blue and gold showcase

School is back in session for many students across the area and it is almost that time for those heading to college.

"It's super crazy, it's super fun. It's fun meeting the new people, getting new experiences. It's different from being in a small town. I think it's nice that the whole community is together and it's fun that they all support one another in what they do," said incoming freshman, Brittney Newkrik.

Friday afternoon, the University of Nebraska at Kearney hosted their annual Blue and Gold Showcase to welcome incoming freshman.

The annual event brought out the entire community of Kearney with businesses coming out to welcome the new students.

"A lot of activity, a lot of excitement and energy. Kind of gives everyone a nice boost, both on campus and even the community I think feels it too," said UNK Communications Director, Todd Gottula.

But it’s not just a new chapter for the students, parents are also feeling the butterflies too as they begin to let go.

"And we have an only child. There's a disconnect in a sense since we won't be there now 24/7, “said Steve Hansen, whose daughter is an incoming freshman.

But residence life assistants assure families everything will be okay.

"We're just really trying to implement community and building relationships. Because everyone is all new to the college life and we want to be like 'hey everyone is new and needs to work on building that relationship right now," said Residence Life Assistant (RA) Logan Prater.

As a second year RA, Prater said she hopes freshmen will continue to venture out and enjoy all these welcome-back activities that the school has been planning.

"That's one of the goals for the blue and gold welcome week and the showcase this evening. We have a lot of activity scheduled from the start to occupy students, to get them acclimated to the community and for moms and dads to feel better that their kids are left off in a good place and kids can be busy enough to have fun and get off on the right foot and enjoy things," Gottula said.

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