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Class of 2018 Heads to Six Flags

Members of the Class of 2018 connect at Six Flags

Members of the Class of 2018 braved the summer heat and humidity on Saturday, July 26, 2014 to get to know each other better at Six Flags-St. Louis.  Around 30 people attended the summer event before a BBQ at the home of a classmate’s mother. 

This is the second of three events that the incoming students can attend to get to know one another better and even get to know the classmate's significant others. According to Program Director Nick Palisch, the goal is to foster the family feel of the class by allowing them to socialize prior to the start of optometry school.  "Attending these events after the Class Mixer in April it allows for the students to stay connected and to keep the excitement in place for August," said Palisch.  

The students and significant others will be spending a lot of time together in the coming years, and if they are moving from somewhere outside of St. Louis, it is often difficult to meet new people. "Hosting these summer events allows the significant others to get to know one another and to feel like they are just as much part of the class as the student," commented Palisch. 

Member of the Class of 2018 and Guests
Fostering a family feel means doing things a family would do and that means doing things outside of the classroom.  Having three summer events along with the class mixer and class Facebook page allows for everyone in the class to feel connected well before they walk into the classroom in August.  

The next event will be a St. Louis Cardinal's baseball game which will be on August 20, 2014 at Busch Stadium!


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