March 27, 2023

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Wildcat Heat-up changed with Get Okay-State Prepared program

Anna Proffitt, then-junior in kinesiology, catches a pancake whereas D.J. Johnson, then-senior in entrepreneurship, watches throughout the Week of Welcome pancake feed at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 29, 2015. (Archive photograph by George Walker | The Collegian)

Hanging within the dorms, making new associates and strolling via Aggieville on a sizzling Saturday evening — though nothing particular for a seasoned Wildcat, the three-day orientation journey generally known as Wildcat Heat-up gave many incoming college students a way of what life in Manhattan would possibly really feel like.

The custom noticed college students from throughout the nation collect in Manhattan to discover the neighborhood and be taught what it means to be a Wildcat earlier than their first yr on campus. Gathered in teams of 12-20 with two counselors, college students obtained to know one another and the neighborhood by touring round city, eating within the residence halls and different actions comparable to an impediment course.

“We did a ropes course and our entire group needed to work collectively,” Alycen Berridge, senior in elementary schooling, stated. “It was a solution to make connections and have a great time and get acquainted with Okay-State earlier than you got here to varsity.”

The expertise created friendships lasting past the weekend getaway. Like Berridge, attendee Grace Scott, a graduate pupil in {couples} and household remedy, stated her expertise deepened her reference to Okay-State.

“As a pupil, it was how I actually obtained to make connections earlier than coming to Okay-State,” Scott stated. “I’m nonetheless associates with people who had been in my group [and] that had been my leaders.”

The brand new Get Okay-State Prepared program changed Wildcat Heat-up this yr. The orientation began with college students nearly assembly their educational advisor, adopted by orientation leaders strolling college students via a Canvas course.

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“The orientation leaders had required Zoom hours and walked [students] via issues that might be important to know,” Svea Knight, a pupil worker on the workplace of admissions and senior in dietetics stated.

Get Okay-State Prepared offered flexibility to college students for his or her faculty preparation, together with a a number of day in-person session and the flexibility to look at earlier digital periods.

“Get Okay-State Prepared was recorded and posted on the web site, so even if you happen to couldn’t make any of the periods you possibly can watch the recording,” Knight stated.

The brand new program tied the digital orientation in with Okay-State’s typical Week of Welcome. New pupil actions held between Aug. 18-21 included Late Night time on the Union, the Pancake Feed and the Convocation & Pep Rally at Invoice Snyder Household Stadium.

Whereas the way forward for Wildcat Heat-up and Get Okay-State Prepared is undetermined in a post-pandemic world, the occasion at its core stays the identical: year-to-come preparations and connection-forming alternatives.