Nearly 500 prospective Leopards experienced the life of a college student, exploring the campus last week during Spotlight Weekend, an annual event when newly admitted high school students were able to scope out the University.
This year welcomed one of the largest number of applicants to apply to the university with the incoming class projected to have one of the highest average GPAs in recent history.
Spotlight weekend opened with a red carpet welcome to the high school students as they walked the red carpet and took pictures with Leo and Lea, the University’s leopard mascots.
“There was so much energy tonight and the (students) were so great,” Ashley Johnson, freshman math major and Spotlight leader said.
“We started the event with a flash mob and it was awesome.”
The students were then escorted to the Athletics Pavilion where they were welcomed by University President Devorah Lieberman, Dean of Admissions Chris Krzak and Associate Dean of Admissions Ana Liza Zell.
The Pavilion was filled with cheering and laughter as the students broke into groups with their spotlight leaders for icebreaker games.
As students broke into student sessions where they were able to learn more about student life, parents were able to tour the campus and learn more about the university.
“I think the campus is pretty cool and it’s just the right size,” said prospective parent Sonya Kendle of Victorville.
“We want to make (the parents and students) feel welcome,” said Jackson Tran, sophomore biology major and Spotlight leader.
“It’s my first time being a Spotlight leader and it’s nice looking back and reflecting to.”
Adam Morena, a prospective student from Monterey Park, enjoyed his time during Spotlight weekend.
“I like the campus. It’s quiet and the buildings are really nice,” Morena said.
Students were able to end their first night with dinner at Davenport followed by a Casino Night dance in the Campus Center. Students spent the night in the university dorm rooms where ULV students volunteered to host their room for the night.
Saturday opened up with a breakfast in the Athletics Pavilion and more games as parents went off into their respective sessions.
Spotlight weekend officially came to an end as students were able to browse through clubs and activities and have one last tour of the campus before heading home.
“Overall the weekend went very well,” Johnson said.
Johnson, alongside with a Spotlight partner, were in charge of 16 students for the weekend. Of the 16, five had decided that they would be attending the university for the upcoming fall semester.
“The students had a lot of fun,” Johnson said. “They received a lot of free stuff and great information about what the University has to offer.”
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