Cocoros, a junior who transferred from Harford Community College in Maryland, chose Wilson to continue her education in creative writing because she is excited about the programs the College offers and by the campus itself.
“It’s really small, but it’s also really spacious,” she said. "I’m from the country and it feels like home.”
Cocoros, who has lived at home while attending college her first two years, said she is eager to be out on her own.
Her mother, Kate Cocoros, isn’t as eager. “I’ve been crying all day, but I’m not sad. I’m proud of her.”
Kate Cocoros said her daughter considered several schools before choosing Wilson. “I love it,” Cocoros said. “It’s a perfect fit for her.”
Kerri Bennett, 19, of York, Pa., and an incoming freshman, moved in this morning as well. With two SUVs packed with boxes for her dorm room, Bennett is prepared to live away from home for the first time. She will attend Wilson to put her on the path to eventually becoming a veterinarian. “I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was 4,” she said.
The hardest part for her was leaving her numerous pets behind, said her father, Mark Bennett, who was there to help with the move. “She burst into tears this morning because the dog was standing right there watching her go,” he said. “Her mom had to drive her vehicle because Kerri couldn’t.”
Desiraye Rose, 18, also is at Wilson to pursue her goal of becoming a veterinarian who works with exotic animals - particularly big cats - at a zoo, and will be in the College’s veterinary medical technology program.
“Steve Irwin inspired me,” she said, referring to the Australian wildlife expert and conservationist who achieved fame on the television series “The Crocodile Hunter.”
Most veterinary schools prefer students to have a four-year veterinary medical technology degree instead of a two-year degree, said Rose, who considered attending Virginia Tech, but thought the campus was too large for her.
One of the College’s personal touches - the faculty and staff helping with student move-in - was especially appreciated by her father, Dean Rose, who was there to help her carry boxes up three flights to her dorm room.
“It’s a little stressful, but exciting at the same time,” he said of seeing his daughter off to college.