Each year new freshmen and returning students attend the Welcome Weekend, a three-day event to help transition them into the new academic year. This year Welcome Weekend began on Thursday, Aug. 27, and as always it started off with freshmen’s moving into their new dorms with the help of student volunteers.
After settling down and the arrival of commuters, it was time for students to meet their New Student Ambassador’s (NSA). The NSA’s introduced them selves by marching to the iconic Star Wars “The Imperial March” and were lead by Ernie the Eagle and Taylor Devich, who was dressed as Princess Leia. Once they all lined up, they started to dance to the song “Wattch Me” by Silento.
Many students found the NSA’s to be entertaining and helpful.
“Watching the ambassadors dance was the highlight of my day. It was really funny and it made me feel at ease with starting college and reassured me that I made the right choice for coming to Benedictine,” said, Rowana Zubi, incoming freshman.
On the other side of campus, parents were in and out of meetings that were designed to help them learn more about what to expect for the next four years and ways that they can get involved.
Over the course of the weekend there were additional events and celebrations organized to help new students settle in before classes begin. Welcome Weekend is not the end of fun events for new students. As Ben-Week continues, so does the range of activities. For instance, there will be a resource fair, convocation mass, free movie night on campus, Quad day and even a Haunted Ghost Tour.
Welcome Weekend ended with the Ernie the Eagle block party, a bonfire and the first annual super ball drop. All in all it was a huge success.
“All three days were filled with nothing but fun activities that helped bring the students of BenU together. I saw a lot of smiling faces from the new freshmen and I saw new friendships being formed which was pretty cool to be a part of,” said, Aditya Kapoor, sophomore and a New Student Ambassador.
Each year the Welcome Weekend has been a highly successful, motivating and unique experience that is open to commuters as well as residents who are introduced to the Benedictine Family in a highly energized and motivating environment.
Tim Ziman contributed to this story.