Freshman finds new home with UMHB music
Sep22

Freshman finds new home with UMHB music

By Allyson Hinkle Staff Writer  My Welcome Week 2021 experience went off without a hitch; all the events were incredible, connections were made, and freshmen were thoroughly prepared for the first weeks of classes. Coming from the small town of Franklin, Texas, all the way to the larger community of UMHB, the atmosphere was completely different from anything I had ever imagined, and I am so excited to recount the memories made. As a freshman I enjoyed the time I spent with sophomores Sar ah Kmiecik and Caleb Guenther as they led my Cru Group throughout the week. However, I had to split my time between my Cru Group and another group that helped me make wonderful memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life: the Black shirt Cru Spirit Band.   My time with the Blackshirts started a day prior to Welcome Week, Tuesday, Aug. 3, because the band students were allowed to move in a day early, with similar treatment the rest of the freshman class received on their move-in. After everyone was moved in, the band met in the band hall at around 2:00 p.m. to start the day of practice for the upcoming Spirits and Traditions rally. On that first day, band freshmen did not have to worry about balancing Welcome Week and Spirit Band camp schedules. So for that day, which was solely dedicated to Spirit Band, there were numerous types of practices before the group called it a day. Afterwards, the members of Kappa Kappa Psi held a bonding exercise for the freshman, in which I made some of my closest friends. The exercise, titled Car Tag, involved upperclassmen and freshman alike gathering into several cars and traveling to numerous spots around the Belton area that may be important to know about during their time at UMHB. Once the game was over everyone headed back to their respective homes and awaited the upcoming day. The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 4, was one I was honestly nervous for: the official start of Welcome Week. In my mind I thought that the band would be strict about having to miss practice, but I was pleased to be proven wrong as the band was very accommodating towards freshmen. For instance, rehearsal and the Cru Group Meeting Two were scheduled for the exact same time. However, freshmen were encouraged by the band to partake in the Welcome Week event and then rejoin when they were ready. This was extremely encouraging to me as I did not feel pressured about keeping appearances and I could enjoy my time both with my Cru Group and the band....

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