MC Kicks Off Fall Semester with Welcome Week & Student Experience Week / Rachel Faulk

As the fall 2021 semester begins, MC is excited to welcome new and returning students to campus. To help students feel at home and get involved on campus, the first two weeks of the semester are packed with a variety of fun and engaging events. 

The semester started off with Welcome Week, an MC tradition which extended from Move-In Day (Saturday, Aug. 21) through Thursday, Aug. 26. This fun-filled week of events, hosted by the student Welcome Week Crew, was all about welcoming new students to campus. 

Carly Fisher, a member of this year’s Crew, recalled, “When I was a freshman, I had an incredible Welcome Week experience and all of the Crew members made me feel like I was the most special person on campus. I was coming from far away and they made me feel like I was at home! I wanted to be on Crew so I could help new freshmen feel the same way.”

Following Welcome Week, the Office of Student Engagement will be hosting Student Experience Week from Monday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 2. The purpose of this week is to introduce students to different ways they can get involved on campus. While most Welcome Week events were exclusively for freshmen and transfers, Student Experience Week is designed for both new and returning students. 

Student Experience Week is a new addition this year, but Director of Student Engagement Jonathan Nutt explained, “A lot of the events and activities we’re doing for Student Experience Week are things we’ve been doing for years. Student Experience Week just puts a label on the kickoff of many different things that make up the student experience at MC. I think putting all of these things under the umbrella of Student Experience Week will help showcase all of the ways that both new and returning students can connect on our campus.”

A familiar highlight of the week will be the Student Involvement Fair, which will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Pedestrian Street on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Student Involvement Fair showcases all kinds of student organizations and involvement opportunities on campus. 

The week will be filled with other events focusing on specific involvement opportunities. Monday will showcase campus ministries from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Quad, as well as a Community Service Connection from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Along with the Student Involvement Fair, Tuesday will include a Multicultural Student Association (MSA) event on the Quad at 1:00 p.m., and students can get to know clubs and tribes at the Block Party on the Bricks starting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday includes opportunities to get to know Career Services and connect with local churches, concluding with a Res Life event at 10:00 p.m. Thursday features a home football game at 6:00 p.m., with tailgating beginning at 3:00 p.m. and a Caf meal replacement for dinner. The week concludes with Water Park in the Dark, an event hosted by the Campus Programming Board, which takes place at the Bowl and SLC patio at 9:00 p.m. Thursday night. 

Nutt encourages students to come to as many events as they can during Student Experience Week. “Come to everything! Get connected, talk to people and find out how you can get involved.”

Following Student Experience Week, students can look forward to more events hosted by the Board, intramural events, and Family Weekend, which is set for Sept. 17-18.

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