Congratulations! You’re an official student of Winona State University. What’s the next step?

Well, you have a lot to look forward to the week before classes as the faculty and students would like to officially welcome you to our campus. Here are just some of the events to expect during Welcome Week.

Students walking together across campus.

Are you excited for Welcome Week?

  1. Move-in-Day

When you first pull up to Winona with all of your belongings in tow, you’ll park near your residence hall. Then you can go inside to the front desk of your respective hall and check-in with your RA (Resident Assistant). They’ll give you your room key, your Warrior ID card, and a welcome folder complete with a campus map, schedule, and coupons for businesses around town.

Once you’ve got your key, all you need to do is move everything into your room. If you can, grab one of the carts provided by your hall to help moving go more smoothly.

Move-in-Day is great for bonding with your roommate. Take time to figure out how you want your room arranged and look over the welcome week schedule to plan out your first week together.

Protip: leave your door open to get more air circulation and get acquainted with the people in your hall.

  1. Tours

Being new to campus can be intimidating. Thankfully, the WSU staff is here to show you around your new home:

  • Your RA will show you and your neighbors around the resident hall on Move-in-Day.
  • There are open houses in the Integrated Wellness Complex (IWC) so you can see all of the fitness options available completely free for students.
  • Your orientation leader will also give you a quick walk-around main campus to get you acquainted with the academic buildings.
  1. Activities

Welcome Week is packed full of different activities for you to choose from. Movies are offered a few nights throughout the week, there’s a game night in the library, a campus scavenger hunt for prizes, two hypnotist shows, a late night ice-cream and pizza party—take advantage of the many free food opportunities—a group hike through the beautiful Winona bluffs, and much more. You certainly won’t have to worry about just sitting in your room.

  1. Academic Preparation

Since you get to enjoy a full week at Winona State before classes start, there’s no rush in getting ready for that first day in lecture. If you preordered your books for the semester, textbook pickup is on Tuesday and Thursday. The WSU bookstore is open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday if you didn’t preorder.

Your professors may email you about required texts for the course, but you can also enter in your schedule to the WSU Bookstore website to see what books you need.

In addition, your Orientation group has several classes themed on college survival including “Technology at WSU,” an informative lesson on how to use your WSU laptop, and “Class with a Professor” where you get to meet some of the faculty.

Pro Tip: look at your schedule to see which building your classes are in so you can familiarize yourself with your route for the semester.

Most importantly, let loose! Welcome Week is about meeting new people and having fun. Just don’t forget to call your parents every once in a while.

For more information, check out the full 2019 Welcome Week Schedule.

Edited June 4, 2019 by Elizabeth Berres

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Breanna McGeorge

Breanna McGregor is from Sussex, Wisconsin and enjoys writing, reading and drawing. She graduated in Fall 2018 with a degree in English Writing and a Literature and Language Minor.