Your first semester of college is an exciting time, but being in a new place with people you don’t know can be a little scary. That’s where Welcome Week comes in! Welcome Week is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with your new surroundings and make some new friends before the real craziness of college classes start. Here are a few ways to make the most out of Welcome Week:
•Put Yourself Out There
Being in a new place where you don’t know anyone can be intimidating, but don’t let fear keep you from taking advantage of everything at Welcome Week. This is the perfect time to meet new people and see all the amazing things that your campus has to offer.
A lot of schools usually send out an email before Welcome Week with a schedule of events and activities. These can include fun things such as cookouts, live music, shows, outings around the city and more. Make sure to take a look at it beforehand so you don’t miss out on anything that peaks your interest!
•Join a Club or Two
From Science Fiction Book Club to Poetry Club to Intramural Sports - no matter what your interest, there’s a club for it. Take the time to join one or two. When classes are in full swing, these will be great outlets to get away from essays and studying for a little while. Plus, you may find that you have a class or two with someone you meet at the club, so a least you’ll recognize a familiar face.
•...But Don't Join Too Many!
It can be easy to join as many clubs as possible during Welcome Week when there are no exams and deadlines to worry about, but this will change once classes are in full swing. While clubs are great, just make sure you don’t join so many that you overwhelm yourself.
•Take Advantage of Free Stuff!
An unspoken rule about being a college student is that if there’s free stuff, take it! Whether it’s your RA bringing cookies, Student Affairs hosting a cookout, or student clubs passing out free t-shirts on the lawn, take the time to score as much as you can!
•Don't Spread Yourself Too Thin
It’s great to take advantage of as much as possible during Welcome Week, but make sure you also schedule some time for yourself. Give yourself some time to go back to your dorm for a nap or grab a coffee by yourself at the local coffee shop. Once classes start you’ll appreciate that you scheduled in some time for a little bit of rest and relaxation.
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