Finding Your Place In a Campus of 35,000
By Tatiana Tarrio
Hundreds of students wandered up and down the Quad to explore the numerous clubs offered on campus at the Fall 2019 Week of Welcome. This event allowed both new and returning students to become involved in clubs, organizations, and campus departments that connect with their interests. These organizations range from academic and community service-based to Greek and religious clubs too. In a sea of 35,000 students, Week of Welcome gives students a chance to find their niche on campus.
“Everyone here is just super, super nice [and] open. Honestly, it’s called Week of Welcome because everyone's welcome. It’s just really cool to talk about the club I’m involved in and have other students listen and become interested,” said Madecyn Penn, a freshman theater arts performance major representing the school’s Cru organization.
Getting involved is also a great opportunity for students to build lasting friendships at CSULB. Many of these organizations not only provide a social aspect to the college experience, but can also offer academic and career support. There are many nationally recognized organizations, many of which allow students to network with prospective employers, participate in workshops, and boost members’ résumés.
“I try my best to leave a good impression,” said Gabriella Feliciano, a junior marketing major and a member of the American Marketing Association. “I want to market a good brand and this is exactly what this organization represents.”
Week of Welcome does more than just introduce fun and interesting organizations: It highlights many important resources on campus that students may be unaware of. Departments such as The Career Center, Study Abroad Office, and Veteran’s Network are just a few of the valuable student support services highlighted at Week of Welcome.
“Our goal with tabling is to really inform students about the different resources that are available to help them find internship opportunities and to help promote some of the workshops and events that we host,” said Michelle Chang, a Career Readiness and Internship Program Specialist at the College of Liberal Arts. “[We want] to let them know there is support here on campus, specifically the College of Liberal Arts.”
In the end, Week of Welcome is a great place to find meaningful connections on campus. Whether your interests are social, academic, or even religious, you can surely find your place here at CSULB. Week of Welcome will be back at the start of the spring semester for those who may have missed out, so let this be a source of motivation to take that leap of faith next semester and get plugged in.