Week of Welcome

Victor Buen-Abad holds an oar while waiting to talk to passing students.

Week of Welcome

As the spring season slowly starts to pick up, Beach Crew attended California State University Long Beach’s Week of Welcome. Week of Welcome is always a excellent opportunity for current club members to recruit for the coming season. More crew members always create a stronger team and this year Beach Crew did not fail to pique the interest of many students.

For novice rower, third year student and accounting major Victor Buen-Abad it was his first time recruiting for Beach Crew. When asked about his participation in Week of Welcome Buen-Abad stated, “Club rush recruiting was a very interesting experience. Being on the other side of it for once was a very eye-opening event. Many of the students that we spoke to seemed to take genuine interest in the club and I believe that we could have had more recruits had practice time not been an issue.” Buen-Abad also
had some trouble taking to passing students at first, but gained confidence when students were interested with the fact that we offered priority registration and that there was no experience necessary to join the crew.

This year at Week of Welcome club members brought oars, a banner and poster boards to attract students to our booth. Buen-Abad stated, “A few of the students seemed interested in looking at the posters and a few of them were really interested in touching
the oars.” He also noticed that our club was much more active in talking to other students than other clubs. It was also useful that our booth was right in the middle of the club sports section where a lot of students passed, thanks to our club President Andres Boppell. Overall, both the men’s and women’s crew did a great job this year recruiting students for Week of Welcome on campus.

First Photo: Men’s and Women’s Crew members pose in front of their Week of Welcome Booth. 

Men’s and Women’s Crew members pose in front of their Week of Welcome Booth.

Second Photo: Beach Crew club members show off their posters and Beach Crew spirit. 

Beach Crew Club members show off their posters and Beach Crew spirit.

Victor Buen-Abad holds an oar while waiting to talk to passing students.

Victor Buen-Abad holds an oar while waiting to talk to passing students.