Well, it’s that time again. Back to school signs are up in the stores and sales for supplies and clothes for the new school year are underway.
For most students this means their summer freedom is over. For college students it also marks the beginning of one more semester on the way to success.
It won’t be just long hours slaving over a textbook for the students at the Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Campus in Placerville, as the Student Activities Club (SAC) has some great activities planned for this semester.
Perhaps the most important event for new students this semester is Bridge Day. This orientation for students new to the El Dorado Center will be held on campus Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
At Bridge Day, experienced students serving as mentors help show new students around the campus introducing them to the El Dorado Center and all the services available. Many of the new students are not aware that the El Dorado Center is a fully functioning campus, not just an outpost for classes.
“Bridge Day is designed to make the transition into our college much easier for new students, regardless of where they are coming from,” EDC Student Activities Club President Mikaela Liest explained.
During Bridge Day activities, peer mentors will inform new students about admissions and records, the bookstore, financial aid, EOP&S, DSP&S, the library, counseling, and the computer lab and show them where each service is located.
That’s not even the best part. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to meet some of the professors who teach at the El Dorado Center and local professionals involved in the career technical education programs, including fire technology, water and wastewater management and medical laboratory technology.
Bridge Day offers a unique, casual environment where students can ask questions about the college itself as well as individual departments and classes.
“I was surprised to learn how much this campus has to offer students. It was fun to meet and have lunch with professors and classmates in an informal setting,” Marilyn Souza, former Bridge Day participant, said.
Bridge Day isn’t just about campus information, it’s also about having fun and connecting with others.
Studies have shown that students who are involved and feel connected to their campus are more likely to succeed.
Part of the day’s activities will include team scavenger hunts. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams, including book store gift certificates. Following the day’s activities, students are encouraged to stay for a free lunch and connect with peer mentors, fellow students, local professionals and faculty.
The personnel and students are looking forward to another outstanding year at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center Campus. Keep an eye out for more events throughout the semester, like the Fall Festival, Election Forum, Day on the Greens and blood drives.
The EDC Student Activities Club meets on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Community Room C-102. All students are invited to attend. Club members look forward to seeing you on campus.