Through survey and focus group data, we know that students at the end of their second year express a desire to have known more, connected more, and participated more, in various opportunities on campus. There are several organized events and support structures for first year students, especially around orientation and move in, and our goal as a university is to find ways to support sophomore students in both the ways they want to be supported, and need to be supported. Sophomore year is a year of many decisions – and while these decisions do not need to be made the day a sophomore sets foot on campus, it may be helpful to hear a bit about what these future decisions are, how to make them, and what support exists.
The university would like to welcome all sophomore students back to campus to move in on Friday, August 29 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. in Commencement Hall's Tahoma Room. This day is organized specifically for sophomore students returning to Puget Sound.
In addition to providing a specific day dedicated to sophomore move in, Saturday morning (11am-2pm) a brunch will be hosted by the Dean of Student’s office for sophomore students only. This brunch is an opportunity to meet and reconnect with fellow classmates, with a brief Welcome Back! by Vice President of Student Affairs, Mike Segawa. This event will highlight opportunities specific for sophomores happening throughout the semester, with the primary focus being on reconnecting with peers.
In addition to the brunch on Saturday, several student focused groups are collaborating to host field games and activities on Todd Field from 3-6pm welcoming students back to campus. ASUPS, RSA, IFC, Panhellenic, and Residence Life will be hosting games, snocones, music, and more on Todd Field. Students are invited to bring their friends, or make new ones, and celebrate the last weekend of summer before classes start.
Last but not least, Residence Life student staff will be providing dozens of small group activities throughout the welcome weekend specific to unique interests and communities. From walking to the Proctor Farmer’s market, a trip to Charlotte’s Blueberry Farm, beginning yoga, a free showing of Anchor Man 2 and more – staff are excited to reintroduce you to campus and the Tacoma community. More information on these activities will be available at move in August 29th.
Sophomore year is a special year, full of decisions to make and opportunities to engage with campus in the direction YOU want to engage. We hope you mark your calendars for this inaugural event, and get ready to take the plunge back into campus life in the Fall!