Spring Hill College’s annual Badger Connection orientation events kicked off Thursday, June 27 on campus to welcome the newest freshman class to The Hill. Badger Connection 2019 was scheduled for two separate sessions, each lasting two days. These events were the first chance for incoming freshmen to be on campus as Spring Hill College students and to explore their new home; from academic and student life to the many clubs and organizations that are an essential part of life on at the College.
Fueled by the excitement of welcoming new faces on campus, current Spring Hill College students – known as Badger Connection Guides – greeted the freshman class of 2023 and their families at the New Hall residence building on Thursday morning. “I wish I could hire a group of students like [the Badger Connection Guides] to do this as I walk into work every morning – their energy is better than caffeine,” said one Badger parent.
The day continued with campus tours, photo opportunities, socializing and the chance for freshmen to get to know the layout of campus. After everyone had arrived, Joe Lee, PhD, President of Spring Hill College, welcomed the crowd of parents and students to campus before lunch was served in the cafeteria.
Throughout the afternoon, the Class of 2023 met their fellow classmates and rotated in groups to discover more about the multi-faceted ways to get involved on campus. Students learned about Campus Ministry, Badger traditions and the study-abroad program at Spring Hill College’s Italy Center, just to name a few. Some took the opportunity to talk with faculty and staff about their specific interests. One of these students was Jeremiah Gibson, a Marketing major in the class of 2023. “I want to learn about every aspect of marketing while I’m here and would love a chance to intern with the College’s marketing department,” said Gibson. “When I graduate I want to start my own agency.”
Parents sat down with counselors to get the latest information on financial aid options and the different career development paths at Spring Hill. After eating dinner and meeting with representatives from the alumni programs, athletic programs, faculty and many divisions of the college, the group moved to Dorn Field, near the College's storied Avenue of the Oaks, for a night of fun.
Badger Connection also allowed incoming students to spend their first night on campus in a residence hall with newly made friends. The next morning started with Mass, followed by breakfast and then important student advising information sessions in order to ensure class schedules are optimized.
With hundreds of students and parents in attendance, Badger Connection 2019 was, once again, an amazing opportunity for the Class of 2023 to get ready for their first college semester, which starts August 22 on The Hill.
Here is what some of our newest Badgers had to say:
“I officially feel like I'm a part of the Spring Hill family. I'm very thankful for the experience!”
“It was great! And I say it was life changing!”
“Great! I think the best words to describe it would be 'becoming family.’”