It is your first week at Auburn University, and you do not know a single soul in the area. You are not from Alabama, and you only know your roommate through the Facebook messages you sent him or her from the summer. But, after your first day on campus, you have already made friends with about ten other freshmen living in your residence hall. For some, this may seem quite unlikely, seeing that your first day in a new place is always awkward and intimidating. However, with Auburn University’s annual Welcome Week, this scene is very feasible.
“Welcome Week is important because it provides students with the opportunity to be engaged during a very crucial time of their college career,” said John Michael Roehm, Director of Student Involvement. “The time period between when students move to Auburn and begin class is a time that students might easily start feeling home sick or second guessing their decision to attend Auburn. In order to help combat these feelings, we attempt to create an atmosphere where each student feels welcomed and able to meet new people.”
This year, Welcome Week 2012 “Picture This” was held from August 11 through August 18. It focused on making the transition in to college, whether for the first or fourth time, ‘picture-perfect’ and full of memories. Events such as “Pictures with Aubie” and “Pictures with the War Eagle VII” literally gave students the opportunity to capture moments with a few of Auburn’s favorite traditions. At other events, students were encouraged to take pictures and tweet or upload them to Facebook and tag the official Welcome Week page to express how much fun they were having.
Even though Welcome Week is technically only during the first week of school, there are events afterwards that occur such as interview workshops as well as local religious activities.
Welcome Week 2012 was definitely a success, and is already ready for next year. To learn more and to watch a video from this year’s events, then click here.