On Saturday April 21st, UCI’s annual Celebrate UCI event took place on our beautiful campus. Wayzgoose is part of Celebrate UCI, an annual open house for prospective students and their families, as well as for current students, alumni, and the larger community. There is always a car show, carnival rides, student organizations, dance performances, and food amongst other things for people to keep occupied with. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to check out the campus and gain access to important campus resources like the Office of Admissions.
As a Campus Representative who gives tours, I was fortunate enough to work at Celebrate UCI by engaging with UCI prospective students and parents on a tour. What makes tours special and different than any other day is that we have the option of taking a tram tour, instead of a walking tour. Tram tours are about 30 minutes long where people are given a tour of the campus while riding a shuttle bus. Because the campus is laid out in concentric circles, it makes it very easy to navigate the campus while on a bus. As parents are waiting for their tours, I had the opportunity to talk to many prospective students and parents and answer their questions about the campus. Parents and students are always excited to learn anything they can about UCI.
Fortunately, I also had the opportunity to participate in Wayzgoose. As expected, the event was filled with lots of student organizations selling food on campus from nachos, tamales, and Korean BBQ to boba and strawberry lemonade. There were also various student performances going on. What I found particularly interesting this year was the addition of Zumba. Zumba is a new workout dance class that consists of Latin music and dances. Therefore, there was a Zumba instructor leading a Zumba session at Aldrich Park. On my lunch break, I was able to participate in the dancing after eating some food. The instructor played Latino music such as Tribal, Pitbull, and Shakira and many people gathered around to watch or dance after ordering their food. Once again, Celebrate UCI/Wayzgoose was a successful event filled with food, dance, performances, and laughter.