Sorry it’s been so long. In the week since you’ve heard from me, I flew to Chicago, visited my first IKEA ever (and purchased eight picture frames), drove to Butler in Indianapolis, moved in/helped others with move in, organized my entire room, participated in Welcome Weekend activities…
Welcome Week is hectic, no matter how you are involved with college. Examples:
- Returning students: you have to move in — without all the help of previous years.
- Professors and staff members: you have to gear up for the beginning of the semester.
- Parents: it’s all about seeing children safely to school — without forgetting necessary items like toothbrushes.
- New students: You not only have to do all the above (move in, get ready for schoolwork, and remember your pillowcases), but you have the million activities of Welcome Week as well.
Welcome Week at Butler is about orientation and transition — meeting new friends. You can view the complete schedule here. Events include:
- Play Fair (doing silly things on the mall)
- Meeting with students in your major in your class for orientation games
- All reading the same book and meeting the author (my year was Listening is an Act of Love; this year was Farm City)
- Late-night activities in the Reilly Room (casino themed games this year)
- Block Party, where all the clubs and student organizations have tables on the Mall
- Taking your class picture on the lawn in front of Clowes Hall
- Other open houses — like the Blue House ice cream social
When I arrived at the Blue House last night at 8:45 to help with the ice cream social which was supposed to start at 9 pm, I thought my watch might be slow. The line stretched on for ages, and apparently people had arrived as early as 8:30!
The Blue House, or the Center for Faith and Vocation, hosts an ice cream social during Welcome Week. Different spirituality organizations are stationed around the Blue House with ice cream toppings to share (as well as information on their particular spirituality group, if a student should be interested). I met loads of new freshmen. LOADS.
This year’s event was the largest ever. We actually ran out of ice cream within an hour! Next year, more ice cream, more ice cream social. Check, check.