Your Iowa State story is about to begin. For our team in New Student Programs, orientation is a celebration. A celebration of the story you and the rest of our newest Cyclones are about to write. Iowa Staters from your academic college and all over campus come together to welcome you to the Cyclone Family.
I am writing to share the news that due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we have made the difficult decision to transition to online orientation services this summer....
We know you were looking forward to coming to campus for orientation and we recognize many of you are being impacted by our current situation in complex ways. Even though we are going digital this summer, we promise you a warm welcome this fall and assure you that you will get the support you need to succeed and thrive at Iowa State.
Here is our promise to you:
As you prepare for orientation, we know you have many important things on your mind. This letter from our Director of Admissions may help clarify a lot of your concerns and we encourage you to check it out.
As we prepare to move forward together, these words from the Lord of the Rings speak to me. "I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I" said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
If I'm being honest, some days I feel like Frodo and some days I feel like Gandalf. But, this I can promise you – you will be the author of your amazing Iowa State story. We hope this adjustment will be just a footnote in your epic adventure.
Sarah Rockwell Merrill
Director, New Student Programs