The beginning of the year is extremely fun because students get to know others, and students attend Welcome Week activities. Welcome Week at UC Irvine hosts a range of activities that students can go to with their friends and roommates. Many activities and events are offered, but there are five events that students must go to since they are very fun! Be sure to check them out while you can!

1. UCI Hypnotist Show

It has been common for UCI to hire a hypnotist to host a hypnotist show for Welcome Week. It is a really fun event to go to with your friends. If you are the adventurous type, then definitely volunteer to go on stage. It is pretty unbelievable the things that a hypnotist can do!

2. Anteater Involvement Fair

This is a fair designed for students to be exposed to the many clubs that are offered on campus. Be sure to go early- there are many clubs! The day this event is held tends to always be extremely hot outside, so bring lots of water. UCI Greek life also sets up booths there as well. There is a live concert that goes on during the entire fair, so once you are done looking at clubs you can enjoy food and live music.

3. Aldrich Park After Dark Concert

This is a popular event among UCI students. A well known artist is usually chosen to perform at UCI‘s Aldrich Park. The concert is free for students, and it is really fun to go to with your dorm or roommates. If you are an artist yourself, you can always try to reach out to ASUCI to be an opening act for the concert!

4. Screen on the Green

Screen on the Green is an event that allows UCI students to watch a movie on a big screen that in Aldrich Park. In other words, students can watch movies outside. Students can bring blankets, snacks, and drinks while they enjoy the movie chosen. In 2017, the movie that was chosen was Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

5. Irvine Spectrum Shuttles

This is a student favorite among UCI freshman because the majority of freshman do not have cars. Therefore, you will typically see more freshman students at this event. UCI shuttles students to the Irvine Spectrum, which is an outdoor shopping mall. This mall has restaurants, clothing stores, and even a ferris wheel! Be sure to check Irvine Spectrum out during Welcome Week if you haven’t been there already.

UCI offers many Welcome Week Activities. However, there are a few that are more popular and fun than others. Of course, it is up to you to choose how you would like to spend your Welcome Week. Be sure to pick the events you go to wisely, since Welcome Week only happens once a year! Enjoy!


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Ari Zaed


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