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Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Overwhelming Options - Taking Advantage of What McMaster Offers During Welcome Week


Welcome Week is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming. There are so many activities offered each day, and some of them overlap, so how do you know which ones to participate in? This is exactly how I felt during my Welcome Week. I wanted to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible, but found it difficult to even choose the events I wanted to go to. Pro tip: keep the Welcome Week schedule up on your phone so you don’t miss anything exciting: https://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca/welcome-week/schedule/.


After reflecting on my Welcome Week, I think the best thing you can do during your Welcome Week is to think about what you want to get out of it. If you know that classes and schoolwork are your biggest fears coming into university, then maybe look at the academic-based activities. If you like high energy activities, then look for those. If you’re worried about meeting people-don’t! No matter what type of event you go to, you will make connections by just saying ‘hi’ and introducing yourself. Take advantage of the activities offered to address your fears, have fun, and push yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone.


On that note, coming to university can be a big transition. Maybe just coming to campus is far out of your comfort zone. Know yourself and know your limits. If you need a day to relax, take that time for yourself, call home or a friend, or just sit and watch Netflix. The beauty of Welcome Week is that you can customize it to do as much, or as little, as you want to!


Finally, use the reps that you will see in their bright and colourful jumpsuits across campus and in your residence or at Off-Campus events . In my first year, a residence rep spent 40 minutes just chatting with me and a friend, answering all of our questions and easing our nerves. All the reps are here to help you in whatever way you need!


I hope all of you participate in Welcome Week in some capacity. We’re all super excited to

welcome you to the McMaster community!


- Sara Marshall, Psychology, Neuroscience, Behaviour Level III


One, we are from Mac


It was September of last year when I was done with my Welcome Week. At the time, I was

looking for a way to reflect on my experiences and appreciate all the amazing reps. So I decided to write the article below for McMaster University’s Silhouette Newspaper:


All through the summer, I was thinking about my transition to McMaster University. I thought about meeting people, finding friends, learning lessons and getting advice. Welcome Week painted all of my thoughts with a colour of reality. It started with hearing customized chants during move-in day and it ended with jumping up and down at the Majid Jordan’s concert.


Welcome Week would not be alive without its empathetic, energetic and earnest representatives who were the authors of numerous valuable lessons. Most of them highlighted the significance of getting involved with the McMaster community. As well, they all