After the chaos of unloading futons and fridges on move-in day, students look forward to Welcome Week, a week of experiences designed by the university to ring in the new school year.
This year, Bradley has come up with some additions and changes designed to ensure a memorable experience for new Braves.
For students, Welcome Week is a chance to find new friends, join activities and to allow new students to feel as if they’ve found their second home.
Brock Stotler, a sophomore sports communication major student who experienced the Welcome Week of fall 2017, felt it achieved these goals.
“I personally thought they did a great job at making us feel most comfortable when I needed it. They kept it interesting and made it fun. I also liked how they had icebreaker events and great activities involving Greek Life so I could feel as if I found a home away from home,” Stotler said.
Tom Coy, executive director of student involvement and overseer of the 2018 Welcome Week, explained that there are many different types of events that will appeal to many different students.
Each year, Welcome Week is planned to be unique from previous years, but several events are brought back by popular demand.
“Every year is different with many returning signature events like LNBU, B-United, Taste of Bradley,” said Coy.
Coy explained that this year’s experience will be taking on some exciting changes, many in regard to favorite activities.
According to Coy, hypnotist Frederick Winters, who always brought a huge crowd, will be shifted to the Renaissance Coliseum to make it more comfortable for students. Additionally, Sorority recruitment has also been revamped so that it will begin on Thursday.
Brock Stotler, a sophomore sports communication major, experienced Welcome Week 2017.
“I thought Welcome Week was extremely helpful for myself as an incoming freshman. I believe it was beneficial and a big part of my positive experience at Bradley,” said Stotler. “I was able to meet many people whom I’m still friends with, and I also became more acclimated to the campus.”
“Welcome Week made me excited to start my career and reassured me that I chose the right university,” said sophomore nursing major Lindsay Loquercio.
Bradley strives to allow for their students to have a memorable experience here on campus, and Welcome Week allows that to happen.
This story is part of the Scout 2018 summer special issue. Read the full summer issue.