Summer is ending and the school year is here. However, you don’t have to worry about the first week of school being filled with only notes and lectures — there are plenty of free events lined up for Welcome Week, an event put on by the Student Union Society lasting from Tuesday, September 6 to Friday, September 9.
The fun starts on Tuesday with a barbeque and U-Join at the Chilliwack CEP campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The same will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at the Abbotsford campus in the Student Union Building (SUB), also from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. U-Join is great to attend if you are seeking information about the clubs and associations on campus. Each club and association will host a table presenting their organization and letting students know how they can join. This is the perfect way to learn more about the UFV community, meet people with similar interests, and discover something new that you might enjoy. Also, while you are exploring the many clubs and associations on campus, you can grab yourself a free burger, drink, and chips courtesy of our on-campus restaurant, the Canoe, and a snow cone from the Student Union Society.
Also in Abbotsford on September 7 is the Oxfam Oxjam between 2-5 p.m. Oxjam is a free concert on the SUB green that includes live performances from The Kris Orwloski Band, Douse, and The Sylvia Platters. The event will raise awareness for the #EvenItUp campaign, which supports the equality of both women and men as well as a greater public investment in education and healthcare. Come join in for free music, food, and activity stations.
On Thursday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., unwind with an afternoon carnival. There’ll be activities galore, such as jousting, sumo wrestling, and a Velcro wall. If competing with friends or strangers and trying to win prizes wears you out, recharge your energy with free snacks, including the essential carnival food: cotton candy!
After a long day of carnival fun, students can relax and enjoy themselves at a paint night from 7-10 p.m. in the SUB. The session will be hosted by UFV’s own BFA student, Alyssa Rice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, student number, and email to reserve your own canvas.
As the first week comes to an end and you have been bombarded with notes, lectures, and worries of future assignments, come relax your mind by enjoying a pyjama-themed movie marathon and free snacks on Friday, September 9. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and will last for the majority of the day.
Welcome Week is filled with plenty of activities for new and returning students. Come enjoy a week filled with fun, meet new people, and start off a great new school year with free music, games, food, and friends!