If you’re an incoming freshman reading this, you are about to begin the best four years of your life and are oh so lucky (for the rest of you, have a good syllabus week). The annual Welcome Week begins today, and Penn State has more than 100 scheduled events for incoming students as their Penn State careers get underway.
You can find the full listing of events here, but here are some of the bigger ones:
President’s New Student Convocation, 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Bryce Jordan Center
Eric Barron will speak to incoming freshmen for the first time in the official welcoming of new students to Penn State (if you’re not a freshman but interested in hearing what he has to say, follow along at http://wpsu.org/live). Barron is also having a President’s Reception in Alumni Hall at 9 p.m. for students to meet the new university leader. UPUA President Anand Ganjam will also give a welcome address to students during the New Student Convocation.
Be a Part From the Start, 8 p.m., Sunday, Rec Hall
Be A Part From The Start is where you’ll go to learn the fight song, alma mater, and other dear ol’ traditions here at Penn State. It’s hosted by the Lion Ambassadors, and the Nittany Lion and cheerleaders will be in attendance. Make sure you show up if you don’t want to look like an idiot during the Akron game.
It’s cliche advice, but getting involved early and often at Penn State is the way to go. Fall semester’s involvement fairs run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Monday through Thursday of school’s first week in Alumni Hall. That’s where you’ll go to get information on all walks of Penn State involvement, from small clubs to Greek life, and I strongly recommend checking it out.
Freshmen get everything handed to them nowadays! All freshmen will get a free shirt, color-coded by your college, so that you can more easily spot your various events around campus. Freshmen are actually being asked to wear these multicolored shirts to the New Student Convocation at the BJC, perhaps to get them excited for THON early.