Connections Weekend is Samford’s welcome weekend during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the semester before classes begin on Monday. Connections offers students a time to connect with their new classmates and upperclassmen by having events on campus such as the neon party, popsicles with the university president at his home and a Friday night social.
Each incoming student is placed in a group of twenty students with two upperclassman leaders who guide you through Connections Weekend. My Connections leaders were amazing! Wesley and Caroline made me feel welcomed and valued. They immediately made me feel like I belonged at Samford.
One of my favorite memories from Connections Weekend was exploring local restaurants on Friday night in Birmingham with my group. We went to Taco Mama. It was amazing, but it wasn’t the food that made it is so enjoyable. It was the people. Sharing a meal together meant I got to talk and get to know the people in my Connections group better. It was really stressful moving to a completely new environment, but being able to talk to people and realize that I was not alone was so encouraging and helpful.
Sunday night was another unforgettable experience. Country music artist Hunter Hayes put on a concert for the entire university in Samford’s Wright Center. I got to go with several of my new friends I’d met during Connections. At one point, while everyone was singing and dancing, the power went out suddenly. Hunter Hayes continued the concert by playing acoustic instead. That was definitely something I will never forget.
The whole weekend was a blast, and it was a constant reminder of why I choose Samford. Samford takes time to invest in their students while still encouraging them to have a good time together. By the end of the weekend, I had made new friendships that helped me feel more confident about my first day of classes.