It’s that time again! At the end of every summer in the Auburn-Opelika area I am suddenly stunned by the time added onto my drive to work… then the amount of cars on the road… followed by the impending doom of landing behind a school bus or Tiger Transit.
|My dorm room in 2006|
Time to go back to school! I give the incoming freshman at Auburn University a warm welcome to the land I love and now call home. I remember my freshman year like it was yesterday. My parents drove me down from Chicago, helped me move into the dorm and headed back home. Reality sank in about 5 minutes after they left that I was totally alone... and knew absolutely no one. I give a round of applause to the University for always encouraging me to get involved, pushing me to meet new people and offering FREE events & food left and right. However, it was nothing like what it is today.
Welcome Week for Auburn University students is August 13-20. Events range from a discount on lemonade at Toomer’s Corner to movie night in the Student Center Green Space. Get involved! Go to at least ONE of the events the wonderful people of Auburn University and the surrounding community have planned for you.
Follow this link to find all 82 events that take place in only a 7 day span!! Below, I have highlighted at least one event I would suggest you attend for each day. Enjoy!
Saturday, August 13
Welcome Week Kickoff
5:30-8 pm in the Student Center Ballroom
It’s time to kick off Welcome Week! Once you are done moving in, come to the kickoff for live entertainment, food and fun! Students and families are encouraged to attend.
Sunday, August 14
2-4 pm at the Auburn Arena
Meet and get photographs from the 2011 Auburn football, soccer and volleyball teams and coaches. Fans will also have an opportunity to meet and get autographs from the 2011 Auburn University Cheerleaders, Tiger Paws and Aubie.
Monday, August 15
Come cool off with Toomer’s lemonade. Purchase a large lemonade all day for the price of a small.
Exclusive Target After-Hours Shopping Event, just for Auburn University
10:30pm-12:30am at Target in Tiger Town (Off Campus)
The Target After-Hours event is the perfect opportunity to get everything you need for a smart start to school, save time, money and meet lots of new people! Target will offer FREE buses every 20 minutes from the Hill, Quad and Village to Target (and back of course)! Free refreshments, great prizes, a gift bag and the whole place to yourself. Shop Target!
Tuesday, August 16
Screen on the Green
8 pm at the Student Center Green Space (Rain location: Student Center Ballroom)
Come and see the blockbuster hit, Fast Five, on the big screen. Bring a chair or blanket and your friends as the UPC presents a night of free entertainment. Free food will be provided for the first 750 students.
Wednesday, August 17
7 pm Village Dining Hall
Have fun while testing your knowledge as you compete for prizes. More than $600 in cash and other prizes will be given away to event attendees. Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, August 18
War Eagle T-Shirt Exchange
10am- 2pm in the Student Center- 2nd floor
As a way to welcome you to the Auburn Family, we’re offering an exchange of opposing college or university t-shirts for an Auburn t-shirt for free. To participate, bring a t-shirt from another college or university and make the exchange. Shirts will be donated to Alabama tornado victims. Limited quantities available for trade!
Friday, August 19
6:30pm at the Student Center Green Space (Rain location: Student Center)
This event gives students the opportunity to meet new people and have a little fun during the chaos of starting a new semester. There will be inflatables and a variety of free food. You can enjoy live entertainment, connect with other students and learn how to get involved on campus.
Saturday, August 20
6pm at the Auburn Wesley Foundation- 131 S. Gay Street (Off Campus)
Join us for a Southern-style luau! We’ll have great free food, volleyball and other shenanigans. This is a great way to meet new faces. Hula skirt not required.