“Really, really excited!”
That’s how freshman Kinnidi Brooks described how she was feeling as she moved into Chaminade residence halls, participated in New Student Orientation activities and prepared for the first day of the Fall term which kicked off on August 23. The Environmental Sciences major said she was particularly looking forward to jumping into her studies and beginning to build her knowledge with hands-on learning.
“I’m also really looking forward to being on my own,” added Brooks, laughing.
She then turned to her mom Keya Smith, standing beside her, and said: “I love you!”
Chaminade’s new academic year kickoff included various activities for new and returning students alike. Among the Welcome Back Week festivities: an outdoor barbecue, a bubble tea tasting and an opportunities fair that offered information about student clubs and organizations, academics and a host of great resources and development programs available to students.
The first week of school rounded out with the Fall Spiritual Convocation.
And on the evening of August 27, students gathered to watch a movie—“Freaky Friday”. Food was provided at the fun “Movie on the Lawn” event.
Earlier in the week, Chaminade President Lynn Babington, PhD, welcomed New Student Orientation participants, offering advice for the year ahead and encouraging them to seek out support when they need it. Her message to students: you are now a valued part of the Chaminade ‘ohana.
“You will form bonds here that will help to guide you and shape you wherever your path in life takes you,” Babington told students, adding Chaminade is proud to offer a holistic and service-focused academic experience designed to inspire students to use what they learn to help others.
“Each of you has your own unique gifts and potential.”
Provost Lance Askildson, PhD, also spoke as part of New Student Orientation events, telling students Chaminade not only seeks to educate the mind but the whole person. “We aspire to transform you and your peers into leaders and changemakers,” he said, “who will not only achieve academic and professional success but also draw upon your achievements to give back to society.”
Preparation for the kickoff of the new school year began on August 19, when new and returning students started moving into Chaminade residence halls. Move-in times were staggered to allow for proper social distancing and students were able to bring a guest with them to help them move in.
Loke Yokoyama, a freshman majoring in Business Administration, said the welcome activities and festivities for new and returning students helped her feel at home at Chaminade. “It’s starting to settle in,” Yokoyama said, as she prepared for the first day of school. “I’m just kind of excited.”
Freshman Alex Ramirez, a Religious Studies major, was also grateful for the warm welcome.
“The first day and I feel like I’m at home already,” he said.
He added that he really loves the look and feel of the Chaminade campus and is looking forward to making new friends. Another priority on his list: “getting involved with service-learning opportunities.”