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Welcoming the next generation of Raiders

New students learn how to thrive during their first year

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New students lined up outside the Performance Lounge to wait for the event.

On Sept. 13, 2018, Student Life held the annual New Raider Welcome for the incoming Pierce College students. The event was hosted by the new student leaders for the 2018-2019 school year. It was designed to introduce ways for students to make new friends have and to push the new students to get to know each other. New Raider Welcome was held in the Performance Lounge.

Tom Krieglstein, a native of New York, has been speaking at the Raider Welcome events for the past four years. He spoke for Pierce this year with high energy.

His goal for each campus he speaks at is to “awaken the individual” and to encourage them to experience college life. He stressed the importance of getting involved with the college. “It’s their life and college experience, I’m turning them from spectators to participants,” Krieglstein said.

Krieglstein had been involved in Student Life when he was in college and it was a life changing experience for him. He developed a passion for Student Life and found he enjoyed speaking. Soon, he decided he wanted to make a career of it. “I want to build repertoire at every event I’m at,” he said.

Krieglstein shared stories from his life to allow students to get to know him better. In one story, he revealed that he was named after a cat. His family found a cat near the farm he grew up on and his parents called the cat “Tom Cat.” While Krieglstein grew up with the cat, his nickname was “Tom Human.”

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Caleb Bromley, the student government vice president, danced on the stage to represent a “5.”

Krieglstein used “Dance Floor Therapy” as the basis for the presentation. It followed two rules. First, the more friends you have, the more fun you will have. Second, the “action” is in the middle.

This was used as a visual to show the difference between being a “neutral” and a “5.” Krieglstein described neutrals as “I’m tired, I’m bored, I don’t want to do this anymore.” 5s, on the other hand, were described as people who give their all. Krieglstein encouraged his audience to be a 5 with the phrase “Go on, get your 5 on.”

Students learned valuable information about college life. Krieglstein told the audience that participating in college life makes the experience happen, as opposed to being neutral and just letting it pass by.

Two students, both in the Running Start program, talked about what they hoped to get out of the event and their first year at Pierce.

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Krieglstein explained the “Free Hugs Campaign” to the new students and gave them each a sign.

Anjelica Clyons, a nursing student, said, “Knowing the classes and students, getting to know the school more and making new friends.”

Rosemary Dechesser, a biology student, said, “A map. I get lost way too easily.” She is also looking forward to making potential friends.

Several campus resources had tables set up during the event for students to learn about what is available to them at Pierce. Students learned how they can receive extra help and get involved in clubs and activities. They also saw what current campus jobs are available to them.

“What matters to you more than the school you go to is what you do at that school,” Krieglstein said. “If you see something, go for it!”

Tips and tricks to get desired grade


It is the start of a new quarter. For some students, they have one foot off campus as the they plan their graduation. Others are checking off classes done and ones still to complete. Then there’s the ones wandering the halls, paper or cell phone in hand, trying to navigate the confusing maze of halls.

It is now the fourth week in. By now the shock of how much the books costs has faded, along with surprise of the homework demand. As a new student it is easy to start thinking “I’ve got this.” Then comes your first quiz and the professor announces mid-terms are just a couple of weeks away.

The internet can be a helpful place, full of information for essays and formula help with math. But be warned, it is also full of tips and tricks that may look cool or disguised as “studying help” that are anything but help.

So here is a handy guide to use for navigation through the potential minefield.


Use the tutoring center. It is one of the best resources available. To them, there is no such thing as a dumb student.

Talk to your professor. Some of them can look intimidating, but they really do want to see students do well.

Blank monthly calendars are great for keeping track of multiple assignments with multiple due dates

Check your email and canvas often.


Do not:

Use tips on how to get around the professor’s “no cell phone” rule in class.

Put math formulas or other notes on the inside label of a plastic bottle or underside of a ruler to use at your desk when taking a test. The professor will still call it cheating.

Procrastinate when given an assignment.

Let anything get in the way of finishing assignments.


Take the time to explore the campus. There are more than just the classrooms, library, and cafeteria. The planetarium in the Rainier building is the only one in the area and has show times open to the public.

The exercise center in the HEC is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets. At only $16 a month, it is a good place for students to burn off the extra energy generated after having a lively discussion with a professor on an assignment.

The assignments may seem unreasonable and overwhelming, but there is a purpose to it all. For many, this path will be walked only once. Make it a good journey to remember.

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