My Welcome Day Experience

Hey guys!

Yesterday I went to Freshman Day for my future college. It's when upcoming freshman spent the day learning about the campus and participating in workshops. I was at school from 8:30am to 5:30pm and it was exhausting. The early morning was very chilly, but as time went on the sun came out and decided to try and fry everyone alive. Just normal California weather.

It was really easy finding the check in spot as there were balloons and signs that really helped me in not getting lost. As I checked in and paid the $10 fee for lunch, they gave everyone drawstring bags filled with goodies. It was a very quick and easy process. The guys who checked me in even said my name right which was a very big plus.

The bag was filled with a refillable water bottle, a USB drive, a Welcome Day information booklet, a book filled with coupons, and a journal and pen set. They also gave us a bottle of bottles with compass design on it.

When we checked in, everyone got a wrist band which split us up into groups. I ended up on the liger team as my wristband was dark orange with long stripes. The peer mentors took us on a tour of the building and did a few icebreakers. After the campus tour, we had our first workshop.

The first workshop was about being successful in school. The speaker was Andy Bloom who was a former Olympian. It was an interesting lecture filled with great advice. He's a math teacher at the main campus of the college. The second workshop was actually a Q&A panel. I finally got some answers about when the financial aid will be sent to students and how they help people in choosing their career paths.

After the Q&A we went outside to have lunch. I caught up with a friend and one of the peer mentors came over to talk with us. She was really nice and talked a lot about her experience with the school and about how she's figuring out what she wants to do after college. I loved her friendly attitude and how she kept it real with us.

During lunch, a financial aid workshop was being offered to those interested. I went with my friend and I'm very glad I did. I learned a lot more about my school's financial aid process and hopefully, I will use my FAFSA money wisely.

A "How To Transfer" workshop followed after the FAFSA one. The women were really and very helped in explaining the different ways to transfer and what they can do to help us in the process. The last workshop was about a program that raise mental health awareness. I'm thinking of actually being involved in the program or at least participate in activities they create.

They ended the day with a Q&A with the peer mentors we were assigned with in the beginning. We went to a separate room and talked about whatever came up. At the end of the day they had a raffle, but I didn't win anything unfortunately.

All in all, the day was fun and informative. If you're school has a Welcome Day, I definitely recommend you going to it. I learned a lot about how to read the class schedule and other important things for my first day next week.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 

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