Junior Hikari Matsumoto lives in Seaside Residence Hall. Matsumoto argues there should be a store, just like Nature’s Edge, located near or inside Seaside.
Meant to provide opportunities to tour campus and form relationships, Year 2 Welcome was offered to second-year students in lieu of a New Student Orientation. With a costly price tag attached, some students share the realities of their unexpected experiences.
Pepperdine’s first-year students arrived in Malibu on Aug. 24 and participated in a week of New Student Orientation to get acquainted with campus. For some students, this week was their first time on campus.
Pepperdine gives the sophomore class a proper welcome after a year of isolation. The Year 2 Welcome gives students an opportunity to bond and get familiar with campus.
Only about a third of Pepperdine’s rising sophomores will attend the Year 2 Welcome retreat, which begins Aug. 20. Parents cited the $1,500 price tag as an issue and petitioned the administration for an on-campus orientation for those students not attending the retreat.
A Year Two Kickoff event will take place Aug. 20-26, for all sophomore and transfer students who experienced the first year of Pepperdine online. The first half of the event will be in Malibu on campus, and the second half will be at an off-campus retreat center.
Online learning in the wake of COVID-19 has proven difficult for transfer students who are struggling to feel like part of the Pepperdine community. By never experiencing normal campus life, it’s been challenging to feel like a member of the Pepperdine community.
Although the spring 2021 semester is beginning virtually, more new students are currently enrolled than last spring. Spring admits and transfer students reflect on the digital start to their time at Pepperdine, hoping for a mid-semester reopening of campus and virtual opportunities to grow their faith.
New students are already adapting to the Zoom culture at Pepperdine. They will finish up a six-week online orientation the week of August 10, which replaced their NSO experience.
After the University announced all fall classes will be online, undergraduates shared their feelings and plans for the upcoming semester.