O-Week hype is in the air as this year’s O-Week themes are being revealed and students are applying to advise and co-advise.
For me, O-Week was just 6 months ago. I remember being excited about going to college, spending my summer days imagining what my new home would be like. The excitement only multiplied in July when it was time to get our residential college, O-Week group, and room/roommate assignments. Many of us incoming students waited all night for the first email: college assignments. I wasn’t able to join in on the wait because I had to catch an early morning flight, but I remember the sheer joy I had when I woke up to an e-mail from the McMurtry O-Week Coordinators. I was going to be a part of NintendO-Week (objectively the best theme), and I was going to be a Murt!
A month later, it was finally time to head to Rice. After a long morning of commuting, unpacking, and settling in, it was time for the parents to say their farewells and for O-Week to officially begin. I got to meet my O-Week group Bruno Marth: 24k Magikarp.
O-Week was eventful to say the least. Beginning with matriculation, our days were filled with games, academic presentations, class scheduling, resource tours, and college traditions. If you want to see more of what O-Week is like, there are a lot of videos from various residential colleges on YouTube from previous years. Each college’s O-Week is different, but overall, the week helped prepare us for Rice and enabled us to bond with each other and our college. At the end of the week, it was nice knowing that I had access to so many resources and that I was a part of a family that loved and supported each other.
Just a few weeks ago, at McMurtry’s 2018 O-Week theme reveal party, we watched a video montage of our previous O-Week. It was a huge rush of nostalgia; I couldn’t believe it had already been 6 months since it all happened. The spirit of O-Week is truly unrivaled. Rice does an amazing job of welcoming its students, and I hope that never changes.