7 Things That Happen During Welcome Week

7 Things That Happen During Welcome Week

You know, that embarrassing moment at Pride and Spirit?

Welcome Week at the University of Minnesota has come and gone. A somewhat new tradition that makes transitioning to a large campus exciting and much easier. I learned my way around campus while making friends and learning important bits and pieces about the campus. Along the way, I made connections with staff members and upperclassmen leaders and even got to pet a few puppies.

1. GroupMe Central

I have been added to three GroupMe group chats within two days. My CA floor chat, my Carlson Crew, and my Welcome Week Group. They're mostly used for random questions and important reminders, but you can always hear the sigh spread throughout the room when someone says, "Okay, now I am going to pass my phone around so you guys can add your numbers to the GroupMe."

2. Free, Free, Free STUFF!

It is insane how many t-shirts I have received this week at no cost to me. I think the total is up to five! You also get tons of free food coupons, random accessories, chapsticks, cups, and water bottles. The list really goes on and on. (For the most free stuff, attend Rec Well and Explore U Activities Fair).

3. Remembering People's Names

If you are anything like me, I cannot remember someone's name for more than five seconds after they tell me. This was the absolute death of me at Welcome Week. I cannot even explain how hard it is for me to keep up with all the new groups, people on my floor and random people I have met over the past weekend. Luckily, everyone is pretty chill with the fact that no one will remember each other's names.

4. Minnesota Suburbs

As an out-of-state person, I have limited knowledge on the many suburbs of the Twin Cities area. I have learned quite a few in the past week, but you kinda just assume if someone says only the city, it means they are from about a half hour away and have half of their school here with them at the U. It is probably entertaining to see my confused face when someone responds with, "Chanhassen" and I have to just assume it's a city in Minnesota.

5. The Embarrassing Moment at Pride and Spirit

This happened to many people, especially the out-of-state people. Finding out not only that our very pride is based on Ski-U-Mah, but it is pronounced sky, not ski. HOW AWKWARD?! How did we not know? How much of a disgrace are we? Sorry University of Minnesota, we now understand our cheers.

P.S. If anyone wants to Venmo me money for new tennis shoes that would be super. Just kidding. Well, maybe.....

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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To My SCCA Family, Thank You

A thank you to the office that made my Rowan career amazing.

When I was accepted into Rowan as a transfer student, I did not know what was in store for me. However, soon after my acceptance, I was asked to fill a position at the front desk for what was then the Office of Student Activities.

I took the position, because why not? The thought that crossed my mind was that it was a good way to make money throughout the school year. Little did I know that the office would offer me so much more than some spending money.

In August 2016, I walked into room 144 right on time for training. I soon learned that, in office terms, on time is late and late is unacceptable. I walked in as a shy and timid person, who knew only a handful of people, thanks to my sister. Almost as soon as I sat down, I began to quickly make friends. Some of those friendships have continued to grow to this day.

I was given countless amounts of opportunities I would not have gotten elsewhere. From the start, I wanted to be as involved on campus as I could possibly be. Every hour that I put into volunteering for the office events in the last two years are hours that I will never regret. I have enjoyed every single hour of volunteering.

I also had the pleasure of witnessing what some might call "the transition of the century": when OSA merged with the Student Center and became the SCCA. Our family grew and doubled in size. But with that, our friendships grew even stronger. The transition may have had some bumps, not very noticeable from my point of view, but being here in the summer and getting to witness the change firsthand was an honor.

I will forever recommend to anyone going away to school that the best way to spend your college career is to get involved. Because I was lucky enough to get involved in the office, I was fortunate enough to make some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime beyond the day I graduate.

I wish I could talk about every single person that I have become close with over the past few years, but then this article would turn into a book. Just know that each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart. But most of all, I was able to make some really amazing memories. In the last two years alone, I have made more amazing memories than I have in most of my lifetime.

So here's to you, SCCA. It's not really a goodbye, but more of a "see you later". Most of all, a thank you. Thank you for making my Rowan career the absolute best. Thank you for giving me a second home and a second family.

Thank you for giving me the many opportunities and abundance of knowledge that I will forever be grateful for. Lastly, thank you for giving me many friendships that will go way beyond the moment I walk across that stage in a few weeks.

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