2023 Fall Welcome

Published September 6, 2023

Fourteen METRIC students and eight program personnel attended the welcome orientation on September 2, 2023, at The Growing Experience Urban Farm in Long Beach. The day started with a meet-and-greet and introduction then launched into a campus resource Jeopardy game where discipline teams try to connect campus resources with various academic and mental wellness agendas.

Students and faculty got to connect deeper through a series of activities (building aquaponics, yoga and meditation, and fruit-picking). There was plenty of down time for the participants to just talk and enjoy a shared experience. The program concluded with students and faculty mentors creating a vision board. Through artistic and creative expressions, participants reflected on and shared the next steps of their professional and personal journey.

The purposes of the event were meant to:

  • build camaraderie.
  • bring awareness to campus resources.
  • provide knowledge and strategies to reduce stress.
  • provide students in-person opportunities to build relationship with discipline mentors and peers.
  • disperse program information.

Event Photos

METRIC Fall Mixer 2023 participants

Participants of the Fall Mixer 2023. Standing, left to right: Malinali, Keanu, Blossomhill, Dr. Klotz, Dontay, Chrisitan, Jandrie, Dr. Galvez, Candice, Dr. Stevens, Maria Ruiz, Yushuan. Kneeling, left to right: Dr. Bernal, Isabel, Hannah, Sabrina, Dr. Chang, Maria Maalouf.

The Growing Experience Urban Farm

The entrance to The Growing Experience Urban Farm

study group

Math Scholars studying campus resources in preparation for the Jeopardy game.

students building aquaponics system

Students building an aquaponics system to grow basils.

student picking basil

Maria Maalouf cutting basils.

student holding basil

Maria Maalouf showing off harvested basil.

students meditating on blankets

A 30-minute yoga and meditation exercise.

Alex Klotz picking figs

Professor Klotz picking figs.

students eating figs

Hannah and Miontranese trying figs for the first time.

participants creating vision boards

Event participants creating vision boards.

collection of vision boards

Collection of vision boards created during the event.