Big E Welcome came to an end Sunday, but the friendships and memories forged during remain prominent as freshman students begin their first week of classes. However, it was not just the freshmen who benefited from the three-day event. Colonel Crew Leaders, who guided freshmen groups around campus, also began their welcome-back week feeling sentimental about such an important few days. 

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Melissa Baldwin, first-time Colonel Crew Leader

 Melissa Baldwin - sophomore prenursing major. 

How did Big E go? 

 It was a lot of fun. I think it turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be, because I was really nervous the first day, but as it went on it got easier and was fun. 

What made you want to become a Colonel Crew Leader? 

 I wanted to have more leadership skills. And I wanted to meet the freshmen and I’ve actually made a lot of friends with my freshmen and I see them everywhere now. I like helping people and showing them the way around campus because I was literally in their shoes like a year ago, so I know how they felt about being with a big group of people and not knowing who people are, so I liked helping them. 

What impressions do you hope you made with the freshmen you helped introduce to EKU? 

 I hope that I made a good impression of how everyone here at EKU is really close and there’s a lot you can do on campus. Like different events so that you’re never not doing something. There’s a lot to do at EKU and a lot of clubs to join and everything. 

Do you see yourself being a Colonel Crew Leader again? 

 Yeah, I think I will keep it going. It was a lot of fun, and I realized how big of an impact it was to the freshmen and how much we help with their coming into college. 

Any last thoughts or comments? 

 If you want to be a Colonel Crew Leader but you’re shy and you’re afraid to be outgoing, you should do it. I used to be not very assertive, but this really helps you to be a role-model. You meet a lot of friends in your Colonel Crew groups and it’s a lot of fun. 

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Dyamond Harrison, first-time Colonel Crew Leader

Dyamond Harrison - sophomore biomedical sciences major with a premed concentration. 

How did Big E go? 

 Big E was so much fun. I really enjoyed myself as a Colonel Crew Leader. Despite the rain, it was a good experience. I know the kids really enjoyed it, or at least I hope they did. 

What made you want to become a Colonel Crew Leader? 

 My Colonel Crew Leader had a big impact on me; she was very sweet, very kind and very resourceful. She knew a lot about EKU and knew how to point us in the right direction. She was just very helpful and I thought why not pass that along and give that back to incoming freshmen? 

What impressions do you hope you made with the freshmen you helped introduce to EKU? 

I hope they feel part of the Colonel community, I hope they know their resources on campus and I hope that they met new friends and just feel acquainted with EKU as a whole. After all, this is going to be their home for the next four years. 

Do you see yourself being a Colonel Crew Leader again? 

 Yes, if my schedule allows me to. I would definitely join again. 

Any last thoughts or comments? 

 If you want to become a Colonel Crew Leader, I highly recommend it. If you want to step out of your comfort zones and expand on your leadership skills it’ll definitely help you. 

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Elena

Elena Castro, two-time Colonel Crew Leader

Elena Castro - junior Spanish teaching major with a theater minor

How did Big E go? 

It was great. Sarah Schultz and Andrew Pendleton did a really good job at organizing everything and making sure everything went smoothly.

What made you want to become a Colonel Crew Leader? 

I think it’s important to have a nice face when people come in for the first time when they’re living on campus because then they get to know that EKU is actually a good school. Also, I think it’s important to have diverse faces as well amongst leaders.

What impressions do you hope you made with the freshmen you helped introduce to EKU? 

I hope that they know that they’re not alone, that EKU is there for them, that there’s someone that they can turn to to ask questions and ask for help - and that EKU is a welcoming school.

Do you see yourself being a Colonel Crew Leader again? 

Yeah, I hope so. This is my second time so I’ll probably do it again next year.

Any last thoughts or comments? 

It was a really good weekend with everything running the way it should have been, all of the events went really smoothly and everything went well.

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Katelyn

Katelyn Davis, two-time Colonel Crew Leader

Katelyn Davis - junior public relations major

How did Big E go? 

I loved Big E! It gets better every year. They take the evaluations seriously that you turn in at the end of the week and they really build on it and they make things better and it was a lot of fun.

What made you want to become a Colonel Crew Leader? 

My Colonel Crew leader my first year! For my Big E, I came to school and I didn’t know anybody - I was a first generation college student so I really didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. So, I got to my Big E welcome week and I knew where my classes were and I made friends that I still talk to to this day! So I was like I want to do that for those kids. I knew how I felt as a freshman and I wanted to be that person for the other freshmen.

What impressions do you hope you made with the freshmen you helped introduce to EKU?

I really hope I helped them see how great college is and how much they can love  EKU and how much EKU can do for them and what kind of experiences they can have on this campus and who they can be.

Do you see yourself being a Colonel Crew Leader again? 

Oh yeah. This is my second year and I really like making an impact on the students.

Any last thoughts or comments? 

A lot of people think that Big E Welcome’s just for that weekend or just for those days, but we do a lot of preparation for them, we go through a lot of training, we got up a lot earlier than they do, we take a lot of steps for them and it’s more than just that weekend. I see them on this campus and I say hi, I still have them in GroupMe, they still come to me about questions.

Editor’s note: this was a question and answer session, and answers were edited for clarity. 

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