Welcome back. We know you had an unconventional start to your Macalester experience and we’re excited for the opportunity to engage, celebrate, and, in some cases, welcome you to campus for the very first time!
As part of the Center for Campus Life: OSLE, Residential Life, and the Campus Center staff want to support and encourage your return to campus:
Through integration and campus collaboration, the Center for Campus Life will provide strategic opportunities for sophomores to gain comfort, confidence, and connections. These three C’s will provide sophomores a pathway to begin their Sophomore-Year Experience (SOYE).
- Comfort – Sophomores will be given opportunities to take a breath and be validated on the obstacles they faced to get to this point.
- Confidence – Sophomores will be able to gain confidence in knowing they can effectively succeed and thrive at Macalester.
- Connections – Sophomores will learn about resources available to them and how to access them.
While you already attended our traditional Orientation program required of all new students, we know there may be a few things at Mac that you want more information about. That’s why we are curating a list of Orientation sessions sophomores are welcome to attend and resources you can review as you begin your second year. Orientation content open to sophomores will focus on topics like navigating the physical campus, making social connections, and utilizing campus resources.
Here is a preliminary list of what Orientation programming sophomores are welcome to attend. Location details will be provided soon!
- Campus Tours: Familiarize yourself with Macalester’s physical campus on a guided tour.
- August 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Meet in Admissions, Weyerhaeuser Hall.
- Orientation Workshops: These sessions highlight a particular aspect of living at Macalester or in the Twin Cities. Macalester students and staff will lead these sessions. Session options like using the transit system, embracing Minnesota winters, academic tips and tricks will be offered.
- August 31, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
- Wellness Breaks: These 45 minute sessions allow students to take a break, practice wellness and self-care. Macalester students and staff will facilitate these sessions. Options like mindfulness meditation, Zumba, and crafting will be available.
- August 31, 2:00-2:45 p.m
- Unconventional Start to College Luncheon (Gap Year, Remote Start, Transfers): This luncheon is for students who took a gap year (or more!) off after high school, studied remotely during their first year, or transferred to Macalester. Students who attend can reflect on their experiences and meet and connect with other students.
- August 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
- Find Your Classroom: On the day before classes begin, Orientation Leaders will be stationed around campus to help you find your classroom locations.
- August 31, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Tuesday Aug 31, 2021
3-5 p.m. on the Great Lawn
Sophomore students are invited to this social event to gather and celebrate the beginning of a new year on campus. Fun and reflective activities will help you meet campus resources and community members live and in person as you reorient yourself to campus. Mix and mingle with your classmates while exploring activities and free food. Stop by for a special giveaway of your Class of 2024 class t-shirt!
Participate in the Welcome Week activities including Bingo for Books and more. Don’t forget to attend your Sophomore Class Night. Watch the Mac Daily and follow @macalesterpb on Instagram.
Sophomore Class Night
Kagin Lawn/First Floor
September 3, 5-7 p.m.
Sophomore students living on campus will engage in community learning with the help of Resident Assistants and Residence Hall Directors on the Residential Life staff. The learning model is based on the four pillars of the sophomore-year experience designed here at Mac including: Major Selection, Study Away, Housing, and Career Exploration.
For visit the Community Learning Model site to learn more.
Held over January break, MacExplore provides an opportunity for sophomores to start exploring career pathways and begin to answer the questions of “What can I do with this major?” Watch for more information regarding the registration process from Career Exploration and check out the Career Exploration Website.
Are you interested in social change and getting to know the local community? Are you looking for active involvement in community issues with a small group of sophomore peers who share similar interests? The Civic Engagement Center realizes that sophomores did not have many opportunities last year to do these things, and that is why we are offering “Sophomores in The Cities” during fall semester. Here are the key details:
Be a part of small group engaged with a local nonprofit partner 1x/week (approximately 2.5 hrs/week including transportation) throughout the fall (there will be multiple Sophomores in the Cities small groups)
Enjoy a welcome dinner on campus early in fall semester to get to connect with those in the program–especially those in your small group
Participate in a fun group retreat in Minneapolis on Thursday-Friday of Fall Break to further explore the local community and connect with peers ( Optional)
Experiences likely to include teaching English to immigrant adults, tutoring and/or mentoring youth, working on food insecurity, and archiving neighborhood history
Fill out this form to let us know you are interested!
The Second Friday of the Academic Year 150+ Student and Community Service Organizations engage with the campus community to kick start your engagement at Macalester. Come meet folks and get involved.
Low-key spaces to explore engagement opportunities by category (e.g., Performance, Political/Social Justice, Service) in an intimate setting. Drop in to learn more about student orgs or campus programs or, if you need guidance, chat with Office of Student Leadership & Engagement staff members about involvement options that might be a good fit for you! Mini-Fairs will be offered throughout the Fall semester.
Tuesdays in October and November
Campus Center Atrium, 2nd Floor
Oct 5: Media and Recreation
Oct 12: Performance and Arts
Oct 19: Academic and Professional Groups
Oct 26: Social Justice/Political and Service
Nov 2: Cultural and Identity
Launched in fall 2021, this new “tea-time” style drop-in program was co-created by OSLE Student Leadership Assistants and staff to help provide a space for students to discuss topics related to involvement and leadership at Macalester while enjoying rotating chips and dip. Student Leadership Assistants facilitate the space provide peer-to-peer support and mentorship targeted primarily to Sophomores and First Years.
Key questions we ask in this space are:
- Where do you see leadership happening around you?
- Where do you see a need for leadership?
- What’s holding you back from engaging in the kind of leadership you want to see?
This program is currently scheduled Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm in the lower level of the Chapel.
Questions? Contact Margaret Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)