Bobcat Day is an event that is meant to motivate those students that have already been accepted to UC Merced. It is an event that involves the whole campus, where both students and faculty come together to inspire peers who are stepping onto this campus for the first time.
The Carol Tomlinson-Keasey quad was lined with booths of clubs and organizations that were ready to show what this small campus community has to offer. This allowed for interested students to talk and interact with various student service offices and representatives from each academic school.
Not only were the newly admitted students in awe as they walked into the busy crowds around the booths, they also stared at the buildings in amazement. Even current UCM students walked around the campus, astonished at the fact that there were so many clubs and people around.
Tours were also available for those who wanted to explore the campus, library, and housing. This year’s setup was different from last year’s—and bigger. The booths lined the front of the library, and continued all around the front of the Science and Engineering building. Food tables were positioned in the center of the quad, which allowed people to make lines along the crossways, and kept the walking areas free for those exploring the booths.
The ambiance around the main quad was exciting and engaging as many students interacted with visitors and their families. Students taking a break in the lantern said that Bobcat Day was better than what the website had described it to be. In general, students were also impressed with how much our campus has grown, since it has only been around for seven years.
Bobcat Day showed prospective students and their families what to expect from this campus and genuinely left many in awe. Free food was offered left and right, and the events seemed to never end.
Bobcat Day was, overall, a successful event that coincided with Earth Day weekend. UCM is widely known as a sustainable campus, and many visitors were impressed by the way that the faculty and students are committed to maintaining an eco-friendly campus environment.
Despite the fact that it was held on a hot Saturday morning, Bobcat Day exceeded the expectations of the admitted students and their families.