Looking for a way to get involved on-campus but don't have a lot of time? Want some great leadership experience and a chance to make a difference at NDSU? BECOME A WELCOME WEEK LEADER!
The NDSU Welcome Week Committee accepts applications every spring for Welcome Week Leaders to serve as resources and familiar contacts for new students making the transition to the NDSU community. Welcome Week Leaders are some of the first people incoming students meet at NDSU and assist in creating a positive Welcome Week experience as an introduction to NDSU life. By guiding new students to various Welcome Week events, assisting in residence hall move-in, and answering fundamental questions about the NDSU community, Welcome Week Leaders play an important role in helping new students feel welcome and comfortable at NDSU.
Welcome Week Leader F.A.Q.s
Q: What is the time commitment for Welcome Week Leaders?
A: The Welcome Week Leader opportunity is perfect for students who want to contribute to the NDSU community but don't have a lot of time throughout the year. Welcome Week Leaders must attend a short introductory meeting in the spring, a two-day training in August prior to Opening Weekend, and then participate in Welcome Week activities throughout the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before classes begin. Leaders will also be asked to assist with door knocking before one of the evening events during the week. The events during the week generally do not conflict with classes.
Q: What are the benefits of being a Welcome Week Leader?
A: Welcome Week Leaders will have a chance to obtain valuable leadership experience through this short-term opportunity! Leaders will also have the opportunity to network with a diverse group of fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Welcome Week Leaders who will live on-campus during fall semester will be able to move in to their residence hall room prior to Welcome Week Leader training. Finally, Welcome Week Leaders receive several free T-shirts and meals during training and New Student Move-In. Many past Welcome Week Leaders express that they benefited most knowing that they positively impacted new students and the NDSU community.
Q: What do Welcome Week Leaders do?
A: Welcome Week Leaders are responsible for helping to guide and lead new students through Welcome Week activities, such as Club NDSU, the Presidents' Welcome, and other great events. Leaders serve as friendly role-models and peer resources for all incoming students to help answer their questions and make a successful transition to the NDSU community. They will facilitate small group meetings with a partner throughout the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before classes begin.
Q: What do I need to know about NDSU to become a Welcome Week Leader?
A: We are happy to provide the training you will need to answer questions asked by incoming students or to know where to direct them to get the answers they need. During training you'll learn how to answer questions about NDSU, the community, activities on and off campus, and you'll get to know a great group of fellow leaders!
Q: Can I be a Welcome Week Leader if I am an RA, an I-CORE member or if I am a member of an athletic team that competes in the fall?
A: Unfortunately, the requirements of the position prevent I-CORE members and residence life staff members from participating as Welcome Week Leaders. However, RAs will be working with Welcome Week Leaders to assist in helping new students make a successful transition. Student athletes participating in fall sports are encouraged to check the required dates of the position and then ask their coach if the dates would conflict with their practice or competition schedule. Please apply if you are able to meet the requirements!
Q: What are the qualifications to become a Welcome Week Leader?
A: To become a Welcome Week Leader, you must be enrolled as a full-time student for the following Fall semester and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2. Welcome Week Leaders must be in good disciplinary standing (not on behavioral probation) at the time of Welcome Week, must be able to exercise good judgment, demonstrate enthusiasm, and posess excellent communication skills.
Q: How do I apply to become a Welcome Week Leader?
A: Online applications typically become available in early February. Interviews typically happen in early March. Look for advertising across campus or check this website for application instructions.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact Sami Johnson, New Student Programs Coordinator at Samantha.r.Johnson@ndsu.edu or 701.231.9610.