By Matt Coakley
Welcome Week starts on Wednesday, September 1, for students starting their freshmen year at the U of M this fall. It is a six-day event that is held the week before students start their first semester of college. It's a great opportunity for first-year students to meet new friends, get acquainted with our campus, move into their residence hall early, and learn about all the University has to offer. Each day of Welcome Week follows a different theme that helps students connect with the University, and make friends in the process!
My favorite day of Welcome Week is College Day. On this day, incoming freshmen start the morning with New Student Convocation. Convocation is an awesome event that kicks off the start of the first year of college. It is the celebration of the beginning of your college career! At the event, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, faculty, students, and staff share some words of advice to students about to embark on one of the most important and exciting journeys of their lives. The marching band also plays, and student learn the Minnesota Rouser (our fight song) and other traditional U of M songs and cheers.
After Convocation, student head to their College Day activities. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) students travel to the St. Paul campus. In St. Paul, they participate in the CFANS Amazing Race. This is an activity where students will travel around the St. Paul campus, learning about CFANS through a wide variety of activities and challenges. I'm participating this year and it's going to be a blast!