‘Welcome Week’ eases stress of first week

One of the activities during “Welcome Week” was “Word Art.’ Students used pictures to create artsy signage.

LIBERAL, Kan. – It was the first week of classes at Seward County Community College and undoubtably there was also some stress. That’s why it was important to have SCCC Student Life provide “Welcome Week” activities.

From Monday through Friday, Wade Lyon, SCCC director of student life, planned activities for students to relax and take the edge of their new classes. Lyon believes it important for students to have some fun as they go to class.

“More than anything, I think it’s important to get them connected with other students as well as faculty, staff and campus,” Lyon said. “I think they’re more successful when they become more connected. Everyone is a little different (when starting the semester). Some are very excited while others are nervous and we’re trying to make the transition as comfortable as possible for them.”

Among the activities this past week, included creating artsy signage, getting airbrushed tattoos, winning prizes through bingo and picking out prizes hidden in brown bags, learning about wellness and fitness through “drunk googles” and having an ice cream sundae and sno cone bar.

The activities will continue throughout the semester. In the past, they have included roller skating, a caricature artist and, even, a mechanical bull.

“(The activities) never stop,” Lyon said. “We want to (help students) continue to build relationships. There’s a lot of stress and expectations during the school year and it’s important to just get together with friends and chill.”  

There will never be a doubt that the reason students are on campus is for academics. It’s about getting the education and the skills to build the foundation for a career – a future. But socializing with faculty, staff – and especially other students – is a major part of the college experience.  

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