Incoming freshman and transfer students will get a dose of Bronco spirit before the fall quarter begins.
Welcome Week is a residential program running from Sept. 20-23 that provides students with activities to acquaint them with the campus and their new neighbors.
“Welcome Week lets you meet a whole new group of people and bond over the fact that you’re leaving home for the first time,” says Brittany Myers, an assistant chair of Welcome Week. “You get to find new friends, find yourself and change from high school to college.”
The program will begin on Sept. 20 after incoming students have moved into their dorm room or suite. A family orientation is scheduled later in the morning, when parents will have a chance to meet the housing staff, resident coordinator, custodial staff and the representatives from the University Police Department. In the evening, a banquet will be held featuring President Soraya M. Coley as a guest speaker. Students will gather later for a movie night.
A pep rally and lunch is scheduled for Sept. 21 to show off Bronco pride. Following that, a club and vendor fair will offer students a chance to learn about activities at the university. Pizza will be served for dinner. Afterward, students can partake in fun and games.
“BSC Night, known as ‘Roam the Night,’ is one of the biggest events of Welcome Week,” says Ira Rodriguez, Welcome Week chair. “It is a time for students to have fun and enjoy themselves before the school year begins. From a comedian to flash tattoos to inflatable rides, everything the BSC has to offer, we have.”
A college connection program will be held Sept. 22 to introduce students to their respective colleges. Students will have a chance to ask questions and get responses from advisors in their department. A scavenger hunt later in the day will allow students to explore and get familiar with the campus. There will also be a festive night of dancing, games and a pool party at the BRIC.
Welcome Week culminates on Sept. 23, when each group will gather for a final lunch and activities.
“Welcome Week is designed to give you an actual taste of the college experience, both in the fun that you’ll be having and the people that you’ll be interacting with,” says Ismail Abbas, an assistant chair of Welcome Week. “Welcome Week becomes a more personalized experience to each person, and everyone’s story is unique to them. No two people can say they had the same experience.”
For more information, visit the Welcome Week website.