Story & Photo by Yesenia Gonzalez
New students were welcomed into the Hudiburg Communications Center for College Snapshot on Aug. 14. About 500 students participated in the event designed to acquaint students with the Rose State campus. During online registration prior to College Snapshot, students filled out a questionnaire that placed them in distinct groups, known as tracks, and they would attend different workshops throughout the day. According to Recruiter Paige Stramski, College Snapshot is different from a college orientation.
“Traditional orientation at Rose State is an actual class that some students are required to take, and some take it on a voluntary basis,” Stramski said. “It is more classroom-style, while also getting to take a campus tour and visit a few other areas on camps. College Snapshot is a little more specific with the tracks to make sure each student is getting information that is more tailored to their interests. Each option offers great information for our incoming students; it is just a matter of preference or a need for the traditional orientation class.”
President Jeanie Webb greeted students at the Hudiburg Center and there were presentations about Rose State’s Online Learning Community, counseling services, Title IX information and a safety presentation. Afterward, students were dismissed by their tracks to attend various workshops. Student athletes, Health Science majors, first-generation college students, Hispanic students and the Black Male Initiative track were some of the groups roaming the Rose State campus.
One of the workshops that students attended was from the Oklahoma College Assistance Program, a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Sheniqia Haynes and Jordan Evans, OCAP outreach services representatives, presented students with information about okcollegestart.org, a website that provides students with resources to continue their education. Evans voiced his advice for incoming college students.
“I’d say, get involved, that’s the biggest thing that you can do. It’s the easiest way to make friends; it’s the easiest way to [go forward],” Evans said.
College Snapshot offered students a glimpse at life at Rose State. There are many other opportunities throughout the school year for students to get involved on campus.
“Be involved,” Stramski said. “Be involved in your academics and be involved with campus activities. Make friends with your classmates because you are all going through the same thing. Rose State is full of amazing people that are willing to help you succeed so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
One opportunity for students to be engaged on campus is Raider Dayz, an event held Aug. 20 and 21 to welcome students to a new school year. Each day hosts different events on campus. Visit the 15th Street News Facebook page for a complete schedule.
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