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Get involved, get a head start

Events such as Minerpalooza will kick off the semester to get Miners excited about getting involved. Photo courtesy of The Prospector archive

Starting college can be intimidating, especially after leaving home and officially starting a life of independence. Until now, high school was all you have known, so sorting your new college life can be stressful. 

Thankfully, the greatest advice for transitioning to college is to remember things do not happen in a single day; take your time and enjoy the journey to adulthood. The first step should be reaching out for any opportunity to get involved in your future Alma Mater.  

During the beginning of the semester, UTEP offers a variety of events to boost student attendance and enrollment into clubs. The first big event is the Texas Western Gold Rush, and the Get Involved Fair follows it on, Aug. 30 and Aug. 31, at Centennial Plaza.  

During this fair, many resources will be on campus, including the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Center for Accommodations and Support Services (CASS) and the Student Health and Wellness Center. The organizations will be tabling and providing information for students. Other organizations will be attending, providing free items and fun activities.  

This event is to promote physical and mental health among the campus community. These resources are often overlooked but can always be found around campus when students need them. It will also bring students together to meet their peers. 

However, for those interested in local and international news, The Prospector tables biweekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  

Fraternities and sororities also table throughout the week at the Union Breezeway. Greek life will also be hosting open houses Sept. 7 at the Union as a part of the Miner Welcome. 

Those wondering where and when events will be hosted, UTEP has everything on Minetracker. Students can see available events, meetings, games and other events that are hosted throughout the semester. Minetracker also allows students to RSVP events like Minerpalooza and find dates and locations for campus organizations.  

Minerpalooza is the grand finale of Miner Welcome, and the largest event of the semester. It will be hosted Sept. 15 and held at the Sun Bowl parking lot. Minerpalooza is filled with games, food and fun. Those interested in attending can bring family members and friends to this legacy event now 33 years old.  

For incoming freshman, remember everyone in your classes is going through their own struggles but in the end it’s about reaching towards your degree and having fun, so experience everything offered. Getting involved in college is by meeting new people, and learning their perspectives. All of this culminates to getting to know yourself, and transforming yourself into the person you want to be.  

Eugenio Cantu is a contributor and may be reached at [email protected] 

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Eugenio Cantu, Guest Contributor
Eugenio Cantu is currently majoring in digital media production with a minor on film. He is a video game and movie aficionado, he loves writing and aspires to be a novelist.
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