As a parent of a 2005 Cal Poly graduate, I feel compelled to speak about the recent Week of Welcome. Our daughter attended the Week of Welcome Program in 2001and met many new students like her and participated in many activities offered throughout the campus. Not once did she or her new friends feel the need to consume alcohol or act unruly. They focused on meeting new people and getting to know the city they would call home for four years.
That week of fun and new experiences reinforced our belief that she had made the right choice in attending Cal Poly and participating in WOW. This program should not be tainted because a small percentage of students decide to forget good judgment and overindulge. Additionally, I’d like to see the school bring back the Jump Start program for freshman.
The best part of WOW for our daughter Ericka was meeting fantastic friends who have stayed close and we consider family.