Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh! Before you start classes, the University invites you to take part in Welcome Week. During this week you will meet fellow Panthers, learn about past students’ experiences, explore the city, and so much more! Here are just a few tips to help you make the most of this time.
1. Attend Events
Take advantage of the events planned throughout Welcome Week. Events will be happening each day throughout the week from morning until late at night. These events were created for you to have fun, meet new people, and learn more about Pitt. For a full list of events visit the Welcome Week web page or download the Guidebook app and search “Pitt Welcome Week.
2. Visit the Student Activities Fair
The Student Activities Fair is the perfect time for you to learn about the variety of student organizations the University has to offer. Speak with upper-class students to learn about the activities and events that the clubs host. After signing up with a few organizations, attend some of the meetings to make friends. Some of Pitt’s best friendships are formed in student organizations.
3. Enjoy time by yourself
Welcome Week is an exciting time filled with many activities and a lot of new faces, but it can feel overwhelming at times. Be sure to take some time to yourself. Go for a walk around campus, check out the Center for Creativity, or explore the city. This is a great way for you to relax and become acclimated to campus and the city of Pittsburgh.
4. Keep your door open
Open doors make happy floors. Forming friendships with your neighbors is important and it’s easier when you keep your door open in your residence hall. Open doors invite your neighbors to stop by and introduce themselves. Be sure to introduce yourself to a neighbor whose door is open, too.
5. Take part in Discover U Day
Join other students in meeting with professionals around the city. This is an enriching opportunity for you to explore Pittsburgh and engage with professionals in your field of interest. Learn about jobs and opportunities throughout Pittsburgh during this free networking opportunity. To learn more and register by August 18, visit the Discover U Day web page.
6. Try something new
Being a new student at a big school can be intimidating, but don’t let intimidation keep you from trying something new. Join new clubs, visit somewhere new around the city, and reach out to new people – you never know what long-lasting connections you will create. Let this week set the tone for the remainder of your Panther experience.
By: Jennifer Wallace