The arrival of the Class of 2020 kicks off New Student Orientation (NSO) to welcome the incoming first years to campus.
Ryan Pu, a Trinity sophomore and member of this yearâ€™s orientation team, explains his excitement for the arrival of the new class of 2020.
â€œWeâ€™ve been talking a lot about the importance of the first week of school, and helping them learn to be comfortable enough to make friends, and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m really excited to do,â€ Pu said.
While reminiscing on his own welcome week, Pu described his highlights from the previous year.
â€œLast year, my favorite event was the mixer we had, and that was when all of the first years and all of the O-Team got together and we played music and danced and basically had a big mingle session. That was my favorite just because that was where I met the most people,â€ Pu said.
This year, Pu most looks forward to helping put on Play Fair.
â€œIâ€™m most excited for Play Fair because thatâ€™s another big time where people come together and do things theyâ€™ve never done before with their new freshman class,â€ Pu said.
Pu said that working with NSO has helped him become more connected to students from all walks of life.
â€œMostly I wanted to give back to the O-Team that really helped me last year, and I heard it was a really fun experience and thing to be a part of,â€ Pu said. â€œI love the people that I work with. Everyone is so nice, and everyone is a leader. On O-Team, we all really have to work together, everyone wants to lead, everyone wants to work, everyone wants to be there. Itâ€™s also just a really open and accepting group.â€
Tiana Sanchez, a first year who moved in early, described her first impression upon arrival.
â€œAll of the professors have been really nice, and they really help you to get to know the school,â€ Sanchez said. This school felt huge, since Iâ€™m used to a small town, but itâ€™s really pretty here and the people are really nice, so it was easy to get comfortable here.â€
Sanchez continued to say that sheâ€™s excited for everyone to be back on campus.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to having people on campus that havenâ€™t been here before. Iâ€™ve kind of gotten used to my little bubble already, and so Iâ€™m excited to meet more nice people,â€ Sanchez said.
Pu described his expectations for the mindset the new students should get into Â for their first week at Trinity.
â€œI think they should be open to anything. College only happens once, you know, and I think they should have that mindset of knowing it only happens once and they donâ€™t want to miss the chance to do something they may find really fun,â€ Pu said. â€œIt can be really rewarding to step out of your comfort zone and just be able to say, you know, â€˜I did that.â€™â€
Kara McLean, a Trinity sophomore, discussed her thoughts on how Trinity handles its incoming classes.
â€œI think itâ€™s great all that Trinity does for its first years. I really love my home in El Paso, so when I came to campus it really helped to know there were tons of people there to help make me feel more welcome,â€ McLean said.
McLean recalled the high energy aspect of being a part of NSO.
â€œMy most memorable NSO memory was definitely Playfair. Itâ€™s a really huge event, and itâ€™s very high energy, and I met so many people that night. Itâ€™s kinda weird, but also kind of nice that you look around afterward and, you probably donâ€™t even remember most of their names, but thereâ€™s pretty much all of the freshman class with one common experience with you,â€ McLean said.