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Helping First-Years Find Their Way

Guest Blogger: Rachel Tranton '14

OCTOBER 11, 2013

Welcome Week occurs every year in September and is a jam-packed week for incoming students. These events are designed to give students a chance to get acclimated and get acquainted with other students, faculty members, and to just have a blast.

My name is Rachael Tranter, I'm a senior Psychology student and I had the privilege of being one of the Peer Mentor Programming Assistants (PMPA) and a main organizer of this year’s Welcome Week. I work in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development with Director Zachary Beaver, and I started working on Welcome Week when I arrived on campus July 8th.

You're probably wondering, "How do you pick the acts to perform during Welcome Week?" Well, last year, I was invited with the Office of Student Activities to the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) regional and national conferences. One conference was held in November and the other in February. Here, I got to witness a showcase of different talents and pick some acts that I knew incoming students would find entertaining. One of the acts that I invited to campus for Welcome Week from NACA was comedic magician Mat Franco, who has showcased around the country and was a positive crowd pleaser for our campus. This year, we had a wide variety of acts, including a hypnotist, a comedian, a game show, karaoke, a beach party, and Improv Boston.

I worked in the admissions department for the first years of my undergraduate career, so I was familiar with helping to organize events—but I never planned anything from the ground up and of this magnitude. I am currently looking into graduate schools and plan on obtaining a master's degree in higher education. No other experience I have had has helped me prepare for this type of degree and confirm my attitudes about pursuing it as a career. Thank you to every department, faculty/staff member, and student who made this week a week to remember! Welcome Class of 2017!

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