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Advice for incoming freshmen sought by orientation committee

April 17, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are encouraged to submit entries to a speech contest, offering words of welcome to the university's 2012 incoming freshman class.

Current students are asked to write about any topic they feel is important for new students during their first week on campus, but with a particular focus on academics. The winning speech will be delivered during the opening welcome at Phase II Orientation this fall.

Some example questions that could be addressed are:

  • What does a new student need to know to be academically successful during his or her first year at UW-Eau Claire?
  • What is the most important — and best — part of life at UW-Eau Claire? What is the best part of academic life?
  • What do you wish someone would have told you during Phase II Orientation about the transition to UW-Eau Claire?
  • What was your biggest challenge at UW-Eau Claire and how did you overcome it?

 

The winner will receive a $250 scholarship and the honor of addressing 2,000 new students. The top three finalists will have their entries highlighted in the Blugold Nuggets newsletter for families of current UW-Eau Claire students.

The Phase II Orientation Committee will select the finalists, and the winner will be notified before the end of the spring semester.

The deadline for submissions is May 4. Entries, along with the writer's name, year in school, major and hometown, should be emailed to digginja@uwec.edu. Speeches should be limited to 1,000 words.

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