By: Helana Mulder | January 16, 2019
By: Helana Mulder, senior reporter
Photo: Brooklynn Ross
From Instagram @danaplummer_
After three weeks of holiday bliss and relaxation, students are back for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
Student Life organized various activities throughout the first week of classes to welcome students who came new to Redeemer this semester, and to welcome back students who were away on holidays.
Bethany Davis, a faculty member of Student Life, said that Redeemer usually has an orientation week for new students in January, but this year they wanted to do something different.
“We only had about five new students this semester,” Davis commented, “so we decided to extend this welcome-back orientation week to all students returning for second semester.”
The week included a board games night, a trip to the Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park, a Mystery Dorm Dessert night, a fort building competition, Redeemer-Swag Day, a Tropical Dance, and a free afternoon of ice-skating on the Hamilton Harbour.
“Redeemer really loves their board games,” Davis stated. “I had some students suggest more board games nights to me, so I made that an event for Welcome Week.” Davis received some other creative suggestions of what to do for Welcome Week, and worked with Student Life to create a week that everyone would enjoy.
The Mystery Dorm Dessert night and the Tropical Dance were new events for Redeemer; similar to the traditional Decade Dance and Mystery Dorm Dinner that happen during orientation week in September. Both were a success, and students were able to get back into the swing of Redeemer’s infamous community life.
Overall, Welcome Week was a great way to bring in the new semester and allow students to have some fun before diving into another busy semester.