Students flocking toward the Main Quad at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) for some delicious barbecue is a sure sign that a new school year has started.
The Campus Cookout had students lined up on Tuesday, Aug. 22 before the event had started, eagerly waiting for some food. It was one of many events hosted as a part of Otter Days, the welcome week at CSUMB.
“This is really cool,” said Lilly Crew, a third-year transfer student. “I went to another Cal State and they didn’t have this. It is a really good community and makes you [feel] really welcome.”
Another third-year transfer student Zac Leil agreed with Crew about the spirit at CSUMB. “I think it’s a good opportunity to meet people, and I got to talk to people in line that I wouldn’t have talked to otherwise. I live in East Campus and wouldn’t have been on campus today. It’s great to get to know the school more.” Leil said.
CSUMB president Vanya Quiñones was also present at the event, giving some welcoming remarks to the students, and the new Associated Student leaders.
“I am really excited to welcome so many people to the raft. It’s exciting to see so many students out here building a raft. CSUMB is about growing together,” Quiñones said.
Third-year Sports Club Council President Alyssa Walters also enjoyed the event. “I think it’s great, there is a large turnout this year. Seeing everyone come together as a community this early gives me hope for the rest of the school year. I hope we can bring this energy to all our events this year.”
Students should look out for more events like this on MyRaft, which are hosted by on-campus organizations such as AS, Otter Cross Cultural Center (OC3), and Recreation.