Message from Melissa Sturm-Smith
Associate Provost, Academic Excellence and Student Success
Welcome Weekend consists of four intense days of student, faculty, and staff interactions with a focus on:
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Welcome Weekend is NOT an extension of high school; it is NOT summer camp; it is NOT the same as summer orientation.
Importance of Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants (PMACs)
Your Welcome Weekend and fall semester experience will be enhanced by interactions with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants are upper-class student volunteers assigned to First Year Seminar (FYS) groups. Communication with your PMAC will begin within the next few weeks and continue throughout the fall semester. Based on research findings and past experiences, we believe peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students' academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. They have experienced the challenges and changes associated with being first-year students at Drake and they want to make sure that, you, too, are acclimated to your new environment before classes begin. PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester.
Welcome Weekend Activities
It is our goal that you become an informed, involved, and active participant from the very beginning of your Drake experience. We are excited about your arrival and can't wait to welcome you as a member of the Drake community