YOUR VIEW: Special thanks to volunteers; Welcome Week activities smash success

It was indeed a beautiful first class week here at Auburn. Events during the welcome week were planned to make newcomers and returning students feel "at home" right away. Programs targeting graduate students, international students, students of race, fraternities, sports groups (athletics, basketball, etc.), educational interests (engineering/science/arts) were arranged at different times over the week.

These programs helped newbies like myself and others to identify with one or the other group--to socialize, and build bonds that can help us through our stay at the university and beyond. The university-sponsored trips to Target and other supermarkets were thoughtful initiatives by the Welcome Week organizers. Furthermore, the free food, snacks, drinks that flowed freely at the concourse, and other places around campus through the day helped us get some energy rush as we attended our first classes at AU. Volunteers of SOS, Welcome Week, students governing council and others involved in organizing various events during the Welcome Week deserve a big pat on the back from all of us for a job well done. All in all, we had a great start into the academic year. I wish all the readers of Plainsman a great year ahead. War Eagle!

Suraj Sindia

graduate student, electrical and computer engineering

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