JumpStart Begins Next Week

More than 350 students signed up for orientation

By: Emily Forshee

JumpStart Fall 2011

The transition from high school to college can be tough on new students. Getting accustomed to dorm life, finding out where classes meet and figuring out all the paperwork can be stressful. Walla Walla University helps to eliminate some of the stress by offering a week-long student program that includes information sessions and social activities for students when they first come to campus.
JumpStart is WWU’s student orientation program that takes place the week before fall classes start. This year, 386 students have enrolled in JumpStart, which is up from last year when 315 students were registered. JumpStart begins Sept. 16 and ends Sept. 22.
During JumpStart, students can earn one general elective credit by attending information sessions and completing an online tutorial. Social events help students mingle and get acquainted with each other.
Heather (Bradley-Robbins) Moor, a 2012 WWU graduate and former JumpStart attendee, says the best part of JumpStart was “meeting people that I'm still good friends with four years later. We bonded over a financial breakout session”.
The information session topics range from how to handle homework and dating to money management and career planning. These sessions give new students the spiritual, social, and academic tools needed to make the transition to WWU smooth and successful.
Becky (Sevison Beddoe) St. Clair, a 2005 WWU graduate and also a former JumpStart attendee says, “I loved having a week to get used to finding the buildings on campus and learning where they were without fear of walking in late in front of a bunch of upper classmen”.
The JumpStart event is organized by the Academic Advisement office.  For more information on JumpStart visit www.wallawalla.edu/jumpstart.

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