Olé! Weekend Orientation: Welcome to USD, Toreros!

Olé! Weekend Orientation: Welcome to USD, Toreros!

If the start of the month of August is a sign that the San Diego summer in winding down, then the end of August is when the University of San Diego campus begins to feel like fall again.

The student-athletes are back and practicing and a few sports have already had their regular season openers. In mid-August, it was the first-year JD School of Law students arriving for orientation and Aug. 20, classes for all law students began. Then came the resident assistants (RAs) in for training, Associated Students board members meeting and on Aug. 25, 80-plus students participated in Student Support Services' week-long Summer Bridge program. Between the multiple pre-orientation trips offered through Outdoor Adventures and one by University Ministry, another few hundred new students arrived.

But today, Aug. 31, begins USD's five-day welcome back to campus. It's the start of Ole Weekend for the largest first-year class USD has had, its most diverse, and there are more than 300 new transfer students who'll begin their orientation on Sept. 1. It's time to move into one of USD's many residential spaces on campus and time to learn more about a Living-Learning Community, Transfer Learning Community and all they have to offer.

During these next few days, you'll prepare your new living space, meet older students who will welcome you and answer any questions you may have. You'll attend a mass, learn about the many resources, the wonderful organizations here and attend one of many workshops to perhaps find the Changemaker path in you. You'll certainly have a few meals on campus and see why we're ranked best among west coast colleges and universities by The Princeton Review for campus food. You can also walk it off with a stroll along Paseo de Colachis, sit in one of the oversized Torero blue Adirondack chairs or take in a sunset from the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice's Garden of the Sea. All of these things can happen on one of the nation’s Most Beautiful Campuses.

You'll definitely see and hear from USD President James T. Harris — and, if you ask, maybe you can get a photo with him and it may be posted on his Twitter and/or Instagram handles, @usdpres.

There are also a few chances to root for your fellow Toreros and their sports teams this weekend. On Friday, both women and men's soccer have home games — the women host Utah Valley at 1 p.m. and the men face the nation's No. 2 team, Duke, at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the football team, which has won the Pioneer Football League title six of the last seven years and has been an FCS playoff participant each of the last two years, hosts Western New Mexico. Saturday and Sunday night, respectively, catch our No. 19-ranked women's volleyball team in action against No. 12 Baylor (7 p.m. Saturday) and No. 10 UCLA (5 p.m. Sunday).

There's so much to see, do and learn about San Diego and about your new home away from home at the University of San Diego. Some have already made a few strong connections. Many more will develop during orientation weekend and so on. The first day of class is Sept. 5, the popular Alcala Bazaar is Sept. 11 and the Mass of the Holy Spirit is Sept. 13.

We know it is a great time to be a Torero because the Class of 2022 brings more than 1,300 new students onto campus. So, get settled in, enjoy some time meeting others and get ready to experience it all. We're happy you're here.

— Ryan T. Blystone   

Welcome, new Toreros to the University of San Diego and Ole! Weekend orientation. There will many chances to gather together and connect, such as Sunday's Welcome Mass.Welcome, new Toreros to the University of San Diego and Ole! Weekend orientation. There will many chances to gather together and connect, such as Sunday's Welcome Mass.

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