POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 8:37am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It’s an exciting time for the new freshman at LSU, but sometimes making the transition between high school and college can be tough. That's why LSU offers a special program called STRIPES, to make sure freshmen will be ready to take on university life come the third week in August.
“I already lost my voice and it’s the second day. I love cheering,” said Houma-native, Adam Saal.
The cheering comes from some of the most excited students you will find right now on LSU’s campus. STRIPES is an orientation extension program that helps these transitioning teens gets ready for college life.
“I’m from a really small town so the transitioning from high school to college is a lot easier with STRIPES,” said Louisiana-native, Sandra Pham.
“STRIPES really helped me open my eyes to the university,” said Strips leader, Brandon Guillory.
Brandon once sat where the 250 new students are sitting now and now he’s the one giving them the tools to succeed.
“We really believe in this program and what it can do for our first year students," stated Guillory.
Adam Saal always knew he wanted to be a Tiger, but now he really understands why.
"I love learning about all the history and traditions here,” noted Saal.
After 48-hours on campus, some of these new students are even ready to take on more.
"I want to come back to be a STRIPES leader.”
Any incoming student can participate in STRIPES. The program is all voluntary, and run by current students. The numbers show that freshmen who go through the STRIPES program are more likely to graduate.