Welcome Week changes for Cru leaders
With midterms over, it’s time to start thinking about next semester.
Before the fall semester starts each year, an annual event takes place: Welcome Week. This five-day experience allows new students to arrive early and become more acquainted with the university.
There are different events to participate in throughout the week, including a dance, concert, community service projects, recreation, Quad Party and more.
This year some changes are happening. The biggest is concerning the Cru Leaders. They are students assigned to be peer mentors throughout the first semester with the group of students they are assigned during Welcome Week.
Last year, the CLs attended the freshman seminar class and went to their own Cru Leader class to learn how to be peer mentors. This year, the chosen CLs will move in Aug. 8 and have their class front-loaded.
“During this time, they will be trained on how to be a CL, instead of them taking a class throughout the semester. Our hope is that each CL will be better equipped to lead their students during the fall semester, and even after,” junior co-director and nursing major Ashleigh Holden said.
The interview process for choosing CLs happened Feb. 26 and was different from anything the steering committee had done before. This year they completed the process in one day instead of spreading it out over weeks.
“Many people on steering committee said they better enjoyed the process lasting one day for three hours, as opposed to the three-week-long interviews that took place last year,” Holden said. “Plus, the steering committee was able to witness how each applicant works with other students. The applicants seemed to enjoy meeting new people and thinking on a critical level.”
Junior steering committee member and social work major Anna Payne saw how much the applicants enjoyed the new process of choosing Cru Leaders.
“It was much less nerve racking for the applicants to come in for their interview because it didn’t even feel like an interview,” she said. “It was fun to have hands-on activities that they could work on together, and it took off the pressure of the interviews because we had already spent time together with the other activities.”
Although Welcome Week is still more than five months away, those involved are eager for the event.
“I’m excited about the changes we are making to Welcome Week this year. It’s going to be really great to see how not only freshmen take in Welcome Week, but also the CLs, too,” junior steering committee member and education major Meredith Davis said.
Davis also set some positive expectations for the next Welcome Week.
“I think the CLs will have more enjoyment than they have in the past few years. We also have great leadership that is leading Welcome Week this year with the steering committee.”