Many students—and teachers!—alike have mini panic attacks when August rolls around, as the stress and work of school are suddenly just around the corner.
Some colleges and universities combat the uneasiness, especially for freshmen, by providing a week of activities at the beginning of the school year.
Here are 5 college traditions that get students into the swing of things at school:
1. Seattle Pacific University includes Mom and Dad.
The folks at Seattle Pacific take Welcome Week quite seriously, inviting parents and guests to participate in WW activities. So just when you thought you were getting away from your parents, you’re in college with them (don’t worry—they eventually leave!). The week ends with nonalcoholic Jell-O shots and dancing!
2. This means Tug of War at Olivet Nazarene University.
During the first weekend of school, students, professors, and even neighbors get in on the fun through a variety of team-building events, including Tug of War. It’s considered to be one of the best weekends of the year.
4. Amherst College takes students to the Great Outdoors.
Soon after they get settled in a new environment at Amherst College, freshmen are then rerouted and immersed in another new environment: the outdoors. Through the FOOT program (First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips), students go on two- to three-day excursions in the mountains and rivers of Massachusetts. Check out this video from 2012′s orientation.
5. Polk State College gives students the opportunity to be rock stars.
Rock climbing is one of the activities Polk State College offers to students, to get them acclimated with their new academic environment. At this height, they can see all of the school at once! Fastest. Campus tour. Ever.
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