The weekend the freshman (1st year) students move in is Orientation weekend. All freshman are required to live on campus and they move in on the Friday which is when all the activities begin. Check out the slideshow below for the full orientation schedule:
On the Thursday night before move in there was an informal welcome for early arrivals that included activities such as the much anticipated Tie Dying (seems to be a staple here), Hawaiian shaved ice, cotton candy, DJ and inflatable amusements. It was the same again for the Friday night for the formal welcome but with added photo booth, band, laser tag, free pancakes and many other activities.
On Sunday the campus clubs held an expo in the convocation centre. App State has over 400 clubs so there is a club for everyone. The only club I have found missing is a Mature Age Student Club like we have at La Trobe University. I would have liked to joined the club to mix with students who are older than the norm.
I am a member of the iPals club and I am a Social Chair on the executive committee to represent the international students. I helped out a little at the expo recruiting new members. The purpose of the club is to pair up local students with international students to become real life pen pals.
On Monday morning there is the Black and Gold Convocation for all the new freshman so I went along too. It is a formal welcome from the university to all new students. The event involved the pep band, an acapella group, the singing of the national anthem and a guest speaker. New students receive a black “A” pin to signify the beginning of their studies and students receive a white “A” pin when they graduate.
After the Black and Gold Convocation all students followed the pep band in a march to the football stadium. Here the students fill in an “A” on the field for the class photo. You can see me in the photo at the top of the page. Then there is free food so the lines are very long and while we eat lunch we can enjoy pep rally going on for our entertainment.
With orientation over, classes start on Tuesday and reality kicks in…