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Back to School: 3 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Start

By Rachel Ward, Chico State Social Media Intern

Welcome to Chico State!

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

If you’re a brand new student, welcome to Chico State! We’re so happy you chose us for college.

But, whether you’re a new student or old hand, anyone can use a refresher to ring in the new school year. Especially if you’re feeling a bit lost or in need of some advice or redirection.

So, without further ado, here are three tips for a happy, healthy start to the school year:

  1. Find a Community: Get Involved!

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

As corny as it might sound, finding a dependable support system can be a life saver, and I cannot stress enough the value in finding your community. A close-knit community can serve two purposes: it can celebrate triumphs and good times, and support you during the hard times. Sometimes your community is at your fingertips: for instance, in your dorm. Sometimes you have to seek your community elsewhere, like at work or through a student organization. At Chico State, there are over 200 student organizations to choose from. If you don’t find one that meets your needs, consider starting your own!

And it doesn’t stop at one community: try to become a part of multiple groups to diversify the kind of support you’ll receive from others. That way, if you begin to notice that one particular support system isn’t meeting your needs anymore, you will have other support systems to fall back on in times of need.

  1. Use Your Resources: No, But Seriously (They’re Free)

(Sam Rivera/Student Photographer)
(Sam Rivera/Student Photographer)

Last fall, we made you a list of 10 Campus Hacks for Saving Money on Campus as a guide to free (or cheap) perks for students. But, we also have a lot of amazing, free resource centers designed just for you.

Got a cold? Stop by the Student Health Center. Ready to get active? The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) is open every day. Questions about paying for school? The Financial Aid & Scholarship Office eagerly awaits your visit. Want to be a positive influence amongst your peers? Visit the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) to find out about Wildcat ROAR bystander intervention program. To check out a complete list of resources, visit the Academic Life website.

Also, did you know that as a Chico State student you are eligible for free counseling services? We all hope for a positive college experience, but moving to a new place to start school, pressure from classes, relationship troubles and more can pile up. You’re not alone. We want you to know that we are here for you, and talking with a professional counselor can normalize your feelings. The Counseling & Wellness Center is trained specifically for helping students, and is ready to meet with you.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

For students of diverse backgrounds, we have a variety of safe spaces and resources. Students and their allies can pay a visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC), the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), and the Cross Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) to meet people with similar or complementary experiences and tools for navigating life in Chico. Not to mention, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts awesome Welcome Receptions every fall for students of diverse backgrounds. You can find a schedule of those events here. Don’t be afraid to get involved!

  1. Start Early! #ChicoWW

It’s never too early to start looking for those campus connections: every year, Chico State hosts a Wildcat Welcome. This year, Chico State’s welcome stretches across three weeks and is designed to celebrate your new membership in the campus community. Prepare to kick off your Chico experience with a variety of activities to suit your tastes!

(Christie Landrie/University Student Photographer)
(Christie Landrie/University Student Photographer)

Enjoy kickin’ it by the pool on a hot day? Check out one of our WREC pool parties. Do you like that feeling you get at large outdoor movie theaters, such as a drive-in movie? Come to a Moon on Movie for a late night movie showing. Do you love going to live performances? We’re bringing The Waifs to campus, in addition to other local musicians and bands.  Does service and civic engagement speak to you? Join us for beChico! or donate to the Hungry Wildcats canned food drive.

Other events offered throughout these next few weeks also include midnight pancake breakfasts, a hike and swim at Alligator Hole, a local job fair, a hypnotist show, Thursday night markets, and more.

Just so you know, there are a few mandatory events for you first year and transfer students. Those include:

Friday, August 21st

Big “C” Welcome & Class Photo: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. behind University Stadium

Faculty Mentor Meetings: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Butte Hall (first year students only)

Saturday, August 22nd

Faculty Mentor Meetings: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Butte Hall (first year students only)

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Other cool, informational events include TransferMation (transfer students only), WREC It! and Clubtacular. Find a complete list of all Wildcat Welcome events on their website.

Don’t be afraid to expose yourself to new interests and new people! Look for the hashtag #ChicoWW on our @chicostate Twitter for Wildcat Welcome events as they come up. We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces the next few weeks!

What does it mean to “Be Chico”?

AS President Taylor Herren explains:

Taylor Herren and President Zingg riding Wildcat Cruisers
Taylor Herren and President Zingg riding Wildcat Cruisers

Hello, my name is Taylor Herren, and I am honored to be serving Chico State as the Associated Students president for the 2013–2014 academic year. I would like to welcome our new students to California State University, Chico and congratulate our returning students for continuing on with their college education. It is a privilege to be representing each student, especially during a year that is going to be exciting and progressive for this institution. Each of us as students will have many opportunities to build character, provide service, work together, and utilize the exceptional resources and support available on this campus. I am proud to be a part of a university that is dedicated to providing students with an enriching experience that empowers each of us to take an active role in our educational experience.

Chico State is kicking off this academic year with an exciting week of events and activities offered as part of Wildcat Welcome. Students will have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities, including a welcome ceremony, advising and faculty meetings, the #wildcatstyle concert, a late-night movie, an involvement fair, the LeadCat Conference, and several Wildcat Recreation Center-sponsored events.


The week will come to an end with the Be Chico Day of Service on Sunday, Aug. 25. This will bring together campus and community volunteers to serve at different sites throughout Chico. Events like this showcase the collaborative relationships that exist between the University, the City of Chico, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and service providers and confirm each group’s commitment to giving back to our community.

This service project truly exemplifies what it means to be a Chico State Wildcat and is an ideal way to wrap up a week that is aimed at welcoming students and showing the value that this University puts on civic engagement. As Wildcats, the education we receive is not only about earning a college degree but also becoming engaged members of society. It is about giving back to the place that, as students, we will call home for four years and about showing respect to a community that lends itself so that each of us can learn and grow during our time at college.

“Being Chico” means that you are leader in this community and that you put an effort towards positively impacting the place you live. Last year was marked with many achievements, and our previous student body set a legacy that we will aspire to live up to throughout the upcoming year. I am certain that we, as the students this year, will exceed the expectations that have been set for us and continue to embody the Wildcat Way.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

Wildcat Welcome (#ChicoWW)

It’s that time of year again—when we look forward to welcoming a brand new batch of Wildcats into our family. To greet our new students, an exciting Wildcat Welcome has been planned for Aug. 22–25. The events at the new student orientation are all designed with one thing in mind: to help Chico State students be safe and successful. This year includes many more ways to for new students immerse themselves in our school and community, a healthy start to their Chico Experience.

Many of the new events grew out of the Call for Community Action summits earlier this year, where campus and community members got together to figure out ways to reduce alcohol abuse in Chico. “We listened to the students, community members, and professionals who attended those meetings and have implemented their ideas,” said Mary Wallmark, Student Life and Leadership program coordinator and chair of Wildcat Welcome.

Here’s a preview of some of the activities to look forward to during Wildcat Welcome:

*Wildcat Transfer-Mation: Thursday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., BMU Auditorium

Transfer students represent 42 percent of our incoming students for fall 2013. This event will help them make a smooth transition into the Chico Experience by connecting with other transfer students, current students, and staff. They will attend mini-orientations while enjoying snacks, activities, and prize drawings.

*Wildcat Class Photo: Friday Aug. 23rd, 9:45 a.m.- 10:15 a.m., Field 6 & 7

Students, faculty, and staff will become a part of history Chico State history by participating in the Class of 2017 commemorative photo! This photo shoot allows students to celebrate the beginning of their Chico Experience with the campus community.

*Wrec It!: Friday, August 23rd @ 11am- 2pm at the WREC

The Wildcat Recreation Center provides many healthy options for students. They can find information about sports and activities options at WREC It—along with prizes, giveaways, and a pool party! (students only)

*Friday Night Concert #wildcatstyle: Friday, August 23rd @  7pm at the City Park Plaza

Say hello to your community, Wildcats! This is one of Chico’s summer Friday Night Concerts, but with a twist. Complimentary dinner will be available to incoming students from any one of 20 local food vendors. This fun Friday night activity is an opportunity for students and Chico locals to connect.

*Be Chico Day: Sunday, August 25th @ 10am – 12pm

Chico State is known as a leader in community service. And this year, students will begin their Chico State career a demonstration of the “Wildcat Way.” This cleanup of downtown and campus neighborhoods is a partnership with the Chico Chamber of Commerce. The Day of Service is a change for students to show that they “Respect Chico.”

 For the full list of events and more information visit Chico State Wildcat Welcome’s Facebook Page