How to Have the Best Welcome Weekend Ever
Opening weekend of the fall semester is my favorite time of year at Angelo State. We have so many activities going on it’s kind of like going to a really fun boot camp.
That might sound kind of strange, but hear me out.
Boot camp is this really intense time when you learn about your new lifestyle. Angelo State’s welcome weekend functions in the same way.
To help you have the best experience ever, I’ve compiled these welcome weekend tips.
You Can’t Do Everything
It’s unreasonable to consider going to all the scheduled activities. You would get burned out on college life before the semester even starts.
Instead, look over the full schedule and see what jumps out at you the most. Make plans to attend those events, but also keep your schedule flexible. You may hear from someone living down the hall from you that some activity you overlooked is also worth your time.
Look for Opportunities to Meet People
The whole point of Rambunctious Weekend is to get new students comfortable with Angelo State and our campus community. The best way to do that is to talk to students, faculty and staff you see out and about throughout the weekend.
Personally, one of my can’t-miss events is the Registered Student Organization Tailgate. This is a great place for you to talk to other students involved with campus organizations you may want to join. (There’s also lots of free food and games.)
It’s easy to talk to new people when you know you have a common interest. It’s a great ice-breaker.
Low-key Can Be the Most Memorable
I love some of our dependable low-key events like the free late-night Blue and Gold Pancakes. It’s perfect because it’s a totally low-pressure way to hang out with new people.
For instance, you could be walking to your dorm room and see your neighbors from across the hall. You could easily say, “Hey, do you want to go grab some free pancakes?”
If they’re busy, it’s no big deal, but if not, you’ll probably get to know them a little better. And maybe they have a big screen TV that could come in handy on movie nights.
Take Special Note of Spirited Events
It’s always a good idea to learn more about ASU’s spirit and traditions, if given the chance. During Rambunctious Weekend this year, you can do that at the Ram Rally.
After all, you don’t want to be the only one in the stands this fall who doesn’t know the words to the Fight Song. Or worse, you don’t want to freak out at the end of halftime during football season when the fans take the field for the Spirit Line — you’ll want to be right there in the thick of it.
So those are my best tips. Upperclassmen, do you have any Rambunctious Weekend strategies you can share with new students? Write them in the comments below.