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School Year Kicks Off With 2017 Welcome Back Week
Students pose for a group photo on the Lincroft campus.

Hundreds of new and returning students came together from Sept. 12 to 14 to ride mechanical sharks, play inflatable bungee games, sign up for campus clubs, watch open-air movies and dine on barbecue and funnel cakes during Brookdale’s 2017 Welcome Back Week.

The festivities kicked off Sept. 12 with a Welcome Back BBQ on the Lincroft campus, offering free food, games, music, prize giveaways and a wealth of information about Brookdale services and programs.

Students faced off in inflatable bungee basketball, lined up for free burgers and hotdogs, and showed off their dance moves to the music of Brookdale’s own DJ Skillz. Attendees even had the chance to audition to be the next on-air VJ for MTVU.

“This is a lot of fun, actually,” said second-year creative writing major Amani Alnababteh, one of dozens of students who took a break from the barbecue to audition for the cable network. “Events like this really bring everyone together. It’s like, yeah, the school year is starting and the stress is already there, but this helps remind students that we’re all in this together.”

Welcome Back Week continued on Sept. 13 with an evening showing of Wonder Woman on the Student Life Center (SLC) patio, followed by Brookdale’s 2017 Involvement Fair on Sept. 14.

Hundreds of students packed into the SLC’s Navesink rooms for the annual fair, which featured information booths and representatives from more than 40 campus clubs and student organizations, including Brookdale Athletics, the Student Life Board (SLB), Alpha Pi Theta and the International Students Association.

Members of the Brookdale Dance Club show off their skills during the 2017 Involvement Fair on Sept. 14.

Members of the Brookdale Dance Club show off their skills during the 2017 Involvement Fair on Sept. 14.

Students were able to connect with classmates who share their passions in areas like outdoor sports, photography, gamingengineering, or political science and discover new ways to get involved both on campus and in their communities.

The Involvement Fair also featured free prize wheels, popcorn, fresh-baked desserts, DJ Skillz, and a number of unique activities designed to bring students together, said Student Life and Activities (SLA) director Lauren Brutsman.

“Whether you are a new student beginning your first year of college or a returning student who is looking ahead toward graduation and transfer, this can be a hectic time of year,” said Brutsman, who hosted the week’s events alongside her SLA colleagues. “Welcome Back Week is designed to help ease that transition for our students and provide them with opportunities to connect, get involved and make the most of the coming school year.”

Those sentiments were echoed by new SLB president Austin Smith, who spent the afternoon encouraging his classmates to take advantage of all Brookdale has to offer.

“Statistics show that students who are involved on campus actually have a higher GPA than students who are not involved,” said Smith, a mechanical engineering major. “This fair is a great way to showcase how many opportunities we have at Brookdale to get involved. We want to show students that they can be a part of a community, make connections, and have some fun while in college.”

Click here to learn more about Brookdale’s student clubs and keep up with all Student Life events for the 2017-18 school year.

Check out more photos from 2017 Welcome Back Week here.