Wolfpack Welcome Week & Packapolooza

The first week on a college campus can be a little intimidating. There are tons of activities going on and so many new people that your student will interact with. Students may begin to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do during their first couple of days. Many students come to NC State’s campus not knowing anyone and are eager to meet new people, but don’t know how. Other students may know people here, but don’t know what to do before classes start. This is where Wolfpack Welcome Week comes into play…

Wolfpack Welcome Week
You may be wondering what Wolfpack Welcome Week (WWW) is. Well, WWW is a week-long event full of activities, signature events, and traditions to help your student get acclimated to NC State, learn about their new home, make new friends, and be introduced to a lot of what our campus has to offer. Wolfpack Welcome Week begins Friday, August 16th and ends with a huge Hillsborough Street block party, also known as Packapolooza, on Saturday, August 24th.

Wolfpack Welcome Week has a lot of fun events hosted by the individual colleges on NC State’s campus, as well as student organizations, Wellness & Recreation, and so much more. Students can download a mobile app called NC State Guides for an interactive schedule of events.  If your student doesn’t know exactly how to get involved or meet new people, I would encourage them to take a look at the week’s list of events. There are so many events throughout the week, so there is bound to be something that catches your students’ attention. I’d also recommend that your student check out any events that their own college is hosting throughout this week. When I was a first-year student, a girl I met at orientation and I went to the College of Education Luau event that they hosted, where we got to meet other first-year elementary education students, as well as faculty and staff. Going to this event helped me make some friends and ask questions about the education program.

Like I mentioned before, WWW is full of fun and engaging events for all students. While students do not need to attend all of these events, they should try to attend as many as their schedule will allow. Here are a few that I would recommend suggesting to your student to help them get started with their student involvement activities:

RecFest is hosted on Miller Fields by Wellness & Recreation. This event gives students the opportunity to talk to club or intramural sports, play games, listen to music, and collect free items and food. Even if your student isn’t interested in getting involved with sporting activities, it’s still a fun festival to check out with their new friends.

Convocation is the official academic welcome for the Class of 2021. This year Convocation will be held on Monday, August 19th in Reynolds Coliseum. Students will be welcomed to NC State by Chancellor Woodson and our 2019-2020 Student Body President. At the close of the ceremony, students who attend will have the opportunity to participate in the 2023 Class Photo.

Student Involvement Fair is hosted by the Student Involvement Center and allows students to explore the majority of our student organizations. Your student can talk with organization members and faculty to learn more about what they’d do as part of that particular group. When I was a first-year student, I attended one of these events and found the Elementary Education Organization, which I then participated in. I got to ask the current president about the events and fundraisers they host, as well as the requirements for being a member.

Packapolooza is, in my opinion, the biggest event of WWW. It is held on the last day and pulls all of the week’s events together. This year, Packapolooza will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. It is open to the public, so local parents – feel free to stop in and see what the day is all about! During this event, the University shuts down Hillsborough Street from Dan Allen to the Bell Tower. The streets are lined with outside vendors and student organizations. NC State Athletics has a table set up that brings each varsity sport out for an autograph and picture opportunity. There is also fair festival food, food trucks, games, rock climbing walls; and, the day ends with a free concert next to the Bell Tower. Encourage your students to spend their first Saturday away from home with 75,000+ others, winning prizes, getting freebies, eating tasty food, and exploring on-campus and off-campus organizations!

Of course, these are just a few of the many events offered. Tell your student to visit the Wolfpack Welcome Week website for the full schedule of events and other helpful information and download the Guides app.

As someone who attended NC State, I would highly encourage your student to take advantage of these events during Wolfpack Welcome Week. I created so many great memories this first week all thanks to these incredible opportunities

Good luck & Go Pack!

Original Author: Olivia Reedy

Edited by: Lindsay Veros

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