The First Six Weeks

During the last several weeks, I have tried to focus these tips on the important matters that concern us at this time of year such as ending the year well, preparing for the summer and planning next year. These have included

Today, let’s talk about the first six weeks of the fall semester.

You want to go into the busiest, and most critical time of the year knowing what you are doing and who is leading with the venues scheduled. You don’t want to waste precious time setting up when you could be meeting and involving new students. This is even more important if you lead multiple movements.

  • How will you gather contacts? Will you do surveys? Have give-a-way tables?
  • Where are your first weekly meetings? Who is speaking? Who else has roles?
  • Do you have your first socials planned? Where? What can be done ahead of time?
  • What do you have planned for each campus’s Freshman Orientation Week? Every event you sponsor helps connect students to your movements. Who is leading? What can be scheduled now?
  • When is the earliest you can contact freshmen? Can you email or send something to them? What needs to happen?
  • Is there anything you need to do to make sure your status on each campus stays current?

Nine Principles for the First Six Weeks is very helpful in thinking through that strategic time. It mentions questionnaires for meeting interested freshmen and doing publicity so students can find you.


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