Finding Tatum’s Purpose: Welcome Week 2017

By Tatum Sorrelman

Tatum with a Lopes Up sign

Welcome Week is one of the biggest events GCU holds each year. I experienced Welcome Week firsthand when I moved in as a freshman last year. It was something that made me feel special and included; it made me feel like I was home, despite the fact that I was in a new place. And as a returning student this year, I was able to participate in Welcome Week in a new way.

This year, I was a crew member and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had! It gave me a different perspective, not only of Welcome Week, but also life in general. I saw how terrifying it can be to be in a totally new place with new faces and experiences. But I also saw the excitement and insane energy that comes with the unknown.

I woke up early and headed out to Welcome Week. Once I checked in and received my fanny pack of goodies, my group and I readied ourselves to welcome the incoming freshmen. Helping freshmen move was the most hyped-up energy I have ever been a part of. We cheered and smiled at everyone!

And the best part was that none of it was half-hearted. Every Welcome Week crew member was genuinely excited to welcome the new Lopes to GCU. Everyone’s had help moving in, so it was cool to turn around and do it for someone else. Of course moving boxes and cheering all day in the heat was tiring, so as soon as I was done I went back to my room, but it was worth it to be able to be a part of a memory that will stay with everyone involved forever.

It was great to kick of my sophomore year by volunteering at Welcome Week. Keep up with my GCU experience here on the GCU Blogs Network or on GCUTV.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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