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Excitement is in the air as both new and returning students are expected to arrive on campus at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in just a few weeks. Watching the campus come back to life after the summer break is always one of the highlights of New Student Orientation which is scheduled this year for August 11-12.

New students will begin orientation in the Deese Center with breakfast and registration, followed by an inspirational time of student led worship and then welcome by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. BCF online students, Lakeland Instructional Site students, and graduate students receive a customized orientation from the Distance Education team; however, they are always welcomed to attend orientation on the Graceville campus and enjoy a special time of fellowship, information gathering, and lunch with their academic advisors.

For first-time freshmen and students transferring from other colleges, there may be a small amount of apprehension which is why orientation is so important. New Student Orientation exposes incoming students to campus life, registration procedures, institutional policies, as well as how to obtain an ID card, vehicle pass, and make new friends in the process.

In addition to the important formal instructions provided during orientation, there are several fun activities planned to welcome new students and acquaint them with the campus and staff. On Thursday after lunch, new students will enjoy a bus tour of the Graceville area provided by BCF Theology Division Chair Rich Elligson. It is important for new students to know where the resources are within the community to include local churches, doctor’s office, pharmacist, post office, restaurants, and how to get to the hospital, bowling lanes, and the white sandy beaches.

One of the favorite activities during orientation is the church “Meet and Greet” night which is held on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the BCF Wellness Center. New and returning students are invited to meet with representatives from area churches that will provide information on their upcoming events and ministries. This is a timely activity for new BCF students because it offers them the opportunity to gather material on all of the churches in the area, learn more about their worship styles, and ultimately helps them decide where they should attend church while a student.

On Friday morning, BCF Admissions Counselor Collin Dollar and Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) Coordinator Daniel Shenning will be sharing with new students the opportunities for ministry and community involvement and encourage students to be faithful in their personal walk with the Lord. Friday night will include game night and an introduction to the activities available in the BCF Wellness Center.

Another activity designed to help new students become familiar with the campus is a version of the “Amazing Race” provided by the campus Resident Assistants (RAs). This offers a positive component as a team to welcoming new students and providing an environment conducive to making new friends and connecting with other students on the same journey of preparing for areas of ministry, leadership, and service. Orientation plays a major role in the lives of new students introducing them to all of the support available to them to help them succeed and reach their educational goal.

To learn more about becoming a new student at the college that is “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word,®” please call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.  The last day to register for fall classes is August 21.

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