Hamline University is abuzz with life this summer, as 430 new undergrad students preview the campus and prepare to fill Hamline’s halls, classrooms, dorms, and sporting facilities.
The university’s orientation programs for first-year and transfer students have new options that help students make an early and smooth immersion into college life. Most notably, students can now experience a full day and night on campus well before classes start.
“This year we changed Piper Preview to an overnight program where students meet faculty and register for classes,” explained Marc Skjervem, director of orientation and first-year programs. “This allows students to choose classes and begin developing friendships with classmates and good relationships with faculty early on.”
The overnight component also affords students more time to meet and interact with other incoming freshmen who are going through the same process.
“I’d like to meet some people so I don’t start off not knowing anyone,” said Damian Yadeau, “Get a couple numbers and maybe hang out before school starts so everything isn’t coming at me at once.”
Students have a built-in support system in the form of New Student Mentors. These Hamline upperclassmen lead small groups of freshmen through the orientation experience, making sure questions are answered, bonds are formed, and fun is had by all.
“The students hung out all night with their New Student Mentors during Piper Preview,” Skjervem explained. “We held events in Bush Student Center and Walker Field House—soccer, volleyball, basketball, karaoke, board games, a movie, and the “Becoming a Piper” event which is a game show with Hamline trivia and questions on various policies like living in the residential halls."
Before long those residential halls will become home. The fifth of September is move-in day which kicks off another round of orientation programming. Piper Passages will be all about helping first-years transition to their new life as college students.
“I’m ready for the independence,” said incoming freshman, Tasha Silver, “Ready to be out of the home and on my own and responsible for everything, ready to move on.”
Undergraduate classes at Hamline begin on September 8.