Each summer Mizzou welcomes thousands of incoming freshman to campus for two days full of campus and program orientation, get-to-know you activities and an introduction to the MU campus community. In addition, students and their parents will get an up-close look into their college and degree area.
In HES, this includes a welcome from the Dean, Q&A sessions with the student services staff, hearing first-hand from a current HES student leader, and advising. It is very important for us to make sure that students, and their parents, leave Summer Welcome with a sense of relief and excitement. Students begin exploring their major and discovering all that Mizzou has to offer.
In the words of Chelsea Jones, College of Human Environmental Sciences Ambassador and guest presenter during Summer Welcome, "Summer Welcome in HES is an incredible experience. I get the chance to introduce students into the HES family that I know and love." She says, "The highlight of my summer is being able to share my HES experience with students and parents daily, as well as watching them leave feeling comfortable with their decision to choose HES."
HES Summer Welcome 2018
Summer Welcome is an interactive two-day experience that provides incoming Mizzou students and their parents with important informational sessions, introduces concepts of college culture, and assists students in navigating buildings, residential halls, dining services, while also providing students the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor from their intended major to complete their fall course schedule.
In the College of Human Environmental Sciences this includes a welcome from the dean, Q&A sessions with the student services staff, hearing first-hand from current HES student leaders, facility tours and advising.
Alex Embree, HES Student Services Coordinator, says, "Summer Welcome advising is the first opportunity that students get to begin developing a relationship with one of their greatest support systems on campus – their advisor and the HES Student Services Office. While they’re here for Summer Welcome they learn that, even at a big university like Mizzou, there are specific people who they can reach out to with questions, to strategize through challenges and to celebrate successes."
Katie Michel, Textile and Apparel Management freshman from Wentzville, Mo. states, "I chose Mizzou because it just felt like a home away from home for me, especially knowing that my advisor is always there to help me and that she really cares about me and my future and success at MU."
"For our freshmen, that first advising meeting is an important step in their transition from high school student to college student – they can gain a little more confidence in their decision to come to Mizzou, to select their major, and to get started in their college courses. For our transfer students, that meeting is often the first time that they get to see that Mizzou can start to feel a little smaller and a lot more supportive of their success than they might have initially thought depending on their experience with advising at their previous school. We care about our student’s success and all of the points along the way to graduation, and we hope that they can see that when they meet the HES advisors during Summer Welcome," Embree said.
It is very important for us to make sure that students, and their parents, leave Summer Welcome with a sense of relief that they not only made the right decision by choosing us, but also that they have been properly welcomed into the HES family!
After interviewing several incoming HES freshman, here is what they had to say about why they chose their degree area in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at MU:
"I love the Department of Human Development and Family Science because it’s so small within a larger university and I love that it gives me the opportunity to get to know my professors and for them to get to know me…I cannot wait to start at HES!" – Kailey Wentzel, Human Development and Family Science freshman, St. Louis, MO
"I chose MU because I will be playing football here, but I chose HES because of the great family atmosphere…you can’t beat that." – Cannon York, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology freshman, Lebanon, MO
"I was very impressed with the technology here and the resources made available to the students in the Architectural Studies department." – Anna Freeman, Architectural Studies freshman, Naperville, IL
"Mizzou is a large university, but this college (HES) is smaller and feels more like a family atmosphere." – Grace Berry, Textile and Apparel Management freshman, O’Fallon, MO
"I really enjoy the people in HES and in Architectural Studies as well as the overall sense of community. The architecture throughout the MU campus and Columbia also drew me in…the influences here are just amazing!" – Boris Murillo, Architectural Studies freshman, Jefferson City, MO
Kailey Wentzel (HDFS) from St. Louis, MO, listens intently to Victoria Shahan, HES Students Services Director
Anna Freeman (ArchSt) from Naperville, IL, works closely with Lyria Bartlett, student advisor and assistant teaching professor in Architectural Studies
HES Student leaders, Sam Moore (left) and Sara Grahn-Nilsson, assist advisors with finalizing class schedules
Jaime Mestres (middle), TAM academic advisor, discusses fall class schedule with Katie Michel (TAM - left) and her mother (right)
Alex Embree, HES student services coordinator, speaks to students and their parents about what to expect during Summer Welcome
Cannon York (NEP), Lebanon, MO, reviews the course selections for Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Boris Murillo (ArchSt), Jefferson City, MO, concentrates to select the best class schedule that he can for F18
A group of incoming HES students and their parents gather in Gwynn Lounge to learn about what to expect from their time here in HES