On September 16th, the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology held its annual Welcome Back Picnic, which was quite the hotspot on campus that day. A lot of people only stopped by to get their hands on the college’s coveted #WhyEngineering shirts, but regardless, CEET saw over 600 students that day.
Each year CEET’s picnic has more and more people and this year was no different. Their event garnered the attention of students walking to class who weren’t even engineering majors. With so many people, students were able to network and connect with other students within our college, but because of the outreach, they were also able to meet students in other colleges.
Of course, the delicious food might have had something to do with the attraction of so many students, but nonetheless, it was great to see not only CEET’s whole college come together, but to see other students interact with us. As for their highly desired t-shirts, they continued their #WhyIWill campaign and included the pledge on the back of the shirts this year. With this campaign, CEET acknowledges that engineering is a hard field to study but that it’s okay for students to think it’s hard-that’s what makes engineers such a novelty. To “earn” their shirts, students had to make a post on one of their social media accounts using the hashtag #WhyEngineering and say why they chose to pursue a career in engineering. Students of other colleges were asked to make posts about why engineering is the so great in order to receive their shirt.
Saying that this year’s picnic was a success is a huge understatement. CEET was able to welcome new students to the college, returning students were reconnected with each other, and some traditions were carried on from previous years. Everyone left full of hamburgers and hot dogs, and of course full of excitement for another great year with NIU CEET!