Merit Weekend resumes in person, welcoming thousands to campus

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (March 22, 2022) — Over the past three weekends, more than 1,000 would-be Wildcats and their families have traveled to the Bluegrass State to learn all that is possible at the University of Kentucky during this year’s Merit Weekend.

Taking place March 5-19, Merit Weekend is an event designed for high achieving students who have been admitted to the UK for the Autumn 2022 semester. Visiting students have the opportunity to meet other Wildcats, d explore campus life, connect to campus resources, and register for fall 2022 classes.

These two-day events, organized by the UK Enrollment Management team, housed in the Office for Student Success, allow students and their families to take one last look at campus before taking their final decision on where to attend college and to see commitment firsthand. of the British community to the success of every student who enrols.

“The families I spoke to during our first Merit Weekends this year come from a variety of backgrounds – some students are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution, some are firmly set on attending the Kingdom UK and some are using the merit weekend to help them make a final decision between the UK and another institution,” said Taylor Blair, UK Guidance and Outreach Director. “We welcome them all and appreciate the opportunity to play a part in their decision to sign up for the next four years.”

This year’s Weekend of Merit was the first in-person Weekend of Merit since 2020. After two unprecedented years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are delighted to welcome students and their families to the campus, allowing for deeper connections, more exploration, and an overall sense of normalcy.

“The UK campus offers an unrivaled welcoming and hospitality atmosphere – something hard to replicate on Zoom,” Blair said. “This sense of welcome and belonging comes from the First Year Experience (FYE) Ambassadors, faculty and staff that students meet on campus during Merit Weekend. Merit Weekend is one of the first opportunities for many of our campus and university college partners to meet the UK Class of 2026. Every current student and staff who meets students and guests at Merit Weekend has the chance to let an indelible mark on this family. ”

Princess Agbozo is one of those students who strive to leave a mark on incoming students. FYE Ambassador in his second year at the College of Public Health on a pre-medical track, Agbozo is an international student from Ghana, West Africa.

Agbozo chose the UK because of its renowned reputation in healthcare and the resources and opportunities it offers international students. It was through her involvement with the International Center and her time spent in orientation that she was inspired to become an FYE Ambassador.

“It was because of the incredible help and guidance I received from the orientation, which I used throughout my first year, that I wanted to become an FYE ambassador,” Agbozo said. . “I was able to acquire a good foundation on how to adapt to university life and I wanted to be able to help other students like me to acquire the same, if not better, foundation than me.”

As an FYE Ambassador, Agbozo has the unique opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families to the UK and shape their first year experience.

“It’s great to interact and connect with incoming students on a more personal level this year now that Merit Weekend is back on campus,” said Agbozo. “I’m one of the people who introduces them to our beautiful campus and shows them what life in the UK could be like for them.”

Taking the first step in their transition to enrolling as a university student, Merit Weekend gives students a broad perspective of the opportunities that await them in the UK. While the Merit Weekend is a great opportunity for students and their families, it’s also a great opportunity for the British community to come together and show people exactly what the UK is made of.

“The UK is committed to ensuring students succeed here, and they have so many resources here to help students achieve their goals and make their dreams wildly possible! I hope the students will see it when they come here,” Agbozo said.

Students can find out more about what it’s like to be a Wildcat in the UK by visiting the university’s YouTube channel.

To complete an FYE Ambassador Interest Form, click here. To learn more about Big Blue Nation’s upcoming directions, visit the website.

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