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Class of ’23 gets a taste of La Verne

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The 2019 Spotlight leaders welcome incoming students in front of the Campus Center during Saturday’s Spotlight Weekend event. The three-day-long event gives students a chance to see what life is like on campus, and an opportunity to stay overnight in the dorms. / photo by Katelyn Keeling

The 2019 Spotlight leaders welcome incoming students in front of the Campus Center during Saturday’s Spotlight Weekend event. The three-day-long event gives students a chance to see what life is like on campus, and an opportunity to stay overnight in the dorms. / photo by Katelyn Keeling

Stephanie Joseph
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne’s Spotlight coordinators hosted the annual Spotlight Weekend on Saturday for incoming freshmen, giving them an idea of what life is like on campus.

Students and parents were able to tour the campus and hear from various speakers, while students were granted the opportunity to spend the night in the dorms. Prospective students were able to interact not only with the coordinators and volunteers, but with each other.

“We are connecting with prospective students who are thinking about La Verne being their first choice or not and seeing what they could gain from the university and what the university has to offer,” said Ana Benitez, sophomore kinesiology major and events chair.

Spotlight weekend offers both prospective students and their parents an easier transition into the college life, while allowing them to see exactly what they are being offered, said Brittany Mendez, sophomore kinesiology major and Spotlight leader.

“Overall, it was nice to experience Spotlight for the first time, especially as a leader,” Mendez said. “We got a diverse and significant amount of students who were excited to see what the University of La Verne had to offer.”

On Saturday, the prospective students were able to attend a club fair where they received the chance to stop by all of the club and Greek life booths.

The club fair was not only an opportunity for these students to see what extracurriculars the campus has to offer, but also allowed members of the clubs to personally interact with the students while promoting their clubs.

“Working at the booth was a great experience,” said Jeanette Gomez, senior English major. “It allowed me to talk with incoming students about all that La Verne has to offer. The experience also allowed me to talk about two organizations I am involved with; Alpha Omicron Pi and Her Campus. Seeing incoming students excited about opportunities to get involved at La Verne was incredibly rewarding.”

The event turnout was large, with about 200 visiting students who may be returning to the campus next fall as freshmen.

“This event helps the incoming students see the different things they are able to be involved with as well as the environment the current students have on campus. It allows the parents to see the environment their children are going into and be able to let them leave the nest with a more ease of mind,” said Faith LeMasters, junior English major.

Stephanie Joseph can be reached at stephanie.joseph@laverne.edu.

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