By Jake Schwab
Lake Havasu City’s very own ASU campus has been making students from near and far feel right at home with Welcome Week.
With the next semester of college on the horizon, having a smooth transition will make things easier for new students. There are plenty of events hosted by ASU through Wednesday.
Saturday was about getting new students moved into their dorms and feeling acclimated to their new surroundings. The staff from ASU made the students feel welcome by hosting an intro meeting for the new residents as well as a Welcome Week check-in, followed by a convocation, parent reception, a student dinner and many other activities.
Saturday morning, RiverScene spoke with new students to get to know what excites them and what educational path they are taking.
Sam Newman, who hails from New Hampshire, said he was looking forward to – of course warm weather – but also to possibly staying beyond college. Newman is going to school for his business communication degree.
Anthony Quach, a student eager to obtain his environmental science degree said he is excited to adjust to the climate of Lake Havasu City, having moved here from Los Angeles, Calif.
Roommates Tina Davis and Jayden Roenick are both students from California. Davis moved here from Los Angeles, and is interested in getting her biology degree. And Roenick, from San Diego, said she is working to get her criminal justice degree. Both said they are looking forward to meeting locals and hitting the lake.
ASU decided for Welcome Week to spend Sunday having water activities and other events. The day began with a Water War, followed by a continental breakfast along with more water-related games like “float your boat” and “frozen T-shirts”, accompanied by a game of super soaker volleyball. The day included a student lunch and ended with a Student Center night and dinner.
Monday’s activities were all about embracing a student’s inner Sun Devil. The day started with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Daytona Gym. Afterward, students went to Santiago Hall from 9-9:30 a.m. to attend a workshop on how to succeed and learn from a student life panel.
Overviews at the Learning Resource Center included academic advising and financial aid. Students participated in a game of 20 questions. There was a safety presentation by Sgt. Williams of the Lake Havasu City Police Department.
Students will meet the faculty Tuesday, with presentations by instructors for courses of all degrees. This is when students will be able to meet with their instructors and get a good idea of what to expect. There will be a lunch/passport awards ceremony, along with another residence hall dinner.
Wednesday is the last day of Welcome Week. The will be all about having fun and getting pumped for the semester. The day will start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and will feature an Arizona Game and Fish water safety training in the classroom as well as water sports training that will go on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. which will then be concluded with kayak races that will end at 2 p.m.
ASU Lake Havasu students participate in a water game. Erin O’Callaghan/RiverScene