LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – UW-L freshman orientation is all about starting fresh and making connections, starting with revamping the orientation program.
Freshman are placed in "eagle groups," led by an undergraduate, said First Year Experience Coordinator Jennie Hartzheim.
Unlike years past, these groups include both on- and off-campus students.
The groups go through a series of ice breakers. Some take bluff hikes, other explore downtown.
Hartzheim said it's a way for these first-year students to start building friendships.
"You start building connections and relationships and that's how you know you're comfortable in your environment – feeling secure in your environment," she said. "We know by building community through these groups and those connections, we're helping students feel secure in their new environment since they moved from home and are experiencing UW-L for the first time."
The eagle groups will meet again Monday morning – the day before classes start – and then a few times throughout the semester.
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