For incomming students, it can be a challenge adjusting to college life.
However, a program has been established to help ease their transition of being away from home. Ram Welcome, sponsored by the Academic Affairs and Office of Senior Vice President and Interim Provost in conjunction with Housing and Dining Services and CSU's eight colleges, officially begins today and continues through Sunday.
"Ram Welcome will help you become a part of the campus community, learn important traditions, and discover what it means to be a CSU Ram," according to a brochure created for all first year students.
This is the second year of the annual Ram Welcome event. Last year nearly 4,000 freshmen participated in scheduled events, and this year promises to be just as big, according to the Provost Office. Feedback from previous participants has helped to improve staff, faculty and volunteers' efforts to welcome new students.
"I think Ram Welcome is a good idea. It is good to meet everyone all at once," said freshman psychology major Amanda Harvey from Monument, Colo.
Although she is nervous about being away from family, Harvey said she is looking forward to participating in the Ram Welcome Carnival from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday at University Avenue and the West Lawn. She also plans to attend the CSU Photo and Play Fair at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the southwest corner of Plum and Meridian.
Another student, freshman equine science major Chelsea Dunn cm from Lake Tahoe, Calif., shared similar sentiments with Harvey. Dunn said she is most nervous about classes starting.
To help reduce common anxieties like Dunn's, the eight colleges and Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) are hosting College Day activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Students can take part in program orientations specific to their major or open option category. Faculty members will be available to meet with freshmen and answer questions.
Freshmen and faculty members are not the only ones excited about Ram Welcome's events. Senior business management major Molly McLaurin and Matt Helmer, Campus Activities Program Coordinator and Lory Student Center Arts Program Director, both work at the I.Box (Campus Information and Campus Box Office desk). McLaurin and Helmer said they decided to become involved in the program because their office is sponsoring a game from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the Upper Level of the Duhesa Lounge on Friday for "Late Night at the Lory Student Center." The game is entitled "Go Fish with the I.Box Staff."
"(The game, 'Go Fish with the I.Box Staff') is going to be fun," McLaurin said. She added that she also wants to help welcome other students back to campus.
Ram Welcome aims not only to be fun; it is also educational. Activities like the bus tours held from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday during the "Ramstravaganza" allow students to become more familiar with the CSU campus as well as Fort Collins' surrounding areas. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. continuous bus shuttles will be provided for freshmen to experience a "Late Night Wal-Mart Supercenter Shopping Trip." Buses will leave from the Towers, Ingersoll Hall and the north side of the LSC Transit Center.
For more information about this year's Ram Welcome and how to become a volunteer for next year's program visit www.ramwelcome.colostate.edu.