Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar! to launch this Summer
By: Jane Hwang
Pacific plans on hosting a 5-week special event, from July 17 to August 20 called Back to Pacific:
Ready, Set, Roar! to give both new and returning students a chance to explore campus, meet
other Pacific community members, take summer classes, and partake in a variety of social events
in person. Pacific administrators, faculty, staff, and students created the program after discussing
and exchanging many ideas. The purpose of the event is to help students, especially those new to
campus, become more familiar with the Pacific experience after having been online for more
than a year.
After interacting with students and collecting information from surveys, Celia Castro,
Coordinator for Student Engagement & Transition Programs, notes how students miss the in-
person exchanges they usually experience on campus. She hopes that the wide variety of
activities being offered are engaging for those who choose to attend. Castro says that Pacific will
provide certain events catered towards the first year and second year students so that they can get
a good understanding of Pacific’s vibrant experience. Since everyone will not be able to attend
in-person, Pacific will have both events on campus and online.
“There will still be some activities that will remain virtual to not only to provide a layer of safety
and precaution, but also to be inclusive and equitable to the diverse needs of students,” Castro
Namorrah Ward, English, ‘24, was able to visit campus before the shutdown but was
disappointed that university shifted to remote learning. She was excited when she learned about
Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar! and said that though she may not be able to participate, there
are many benefits to the program, especially for incoming first and second year students.
“[Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar!] gives everyone who attends time to adjust to and explore
Pacific. I also imagine that people get to know each other better and get used to being around
people again,” says Ward.
Jasmin Arenal, Sociology, ‘21, thinks that the program is instrumental for both newer students
who have never been on campus before and returning students because it allows them to have
some semblance of a college life routine. She also notes that if students choose to participate in
Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar!, they could be more prepared for the rest of college and
schooling while gaining more connections and feelings of belonging at Pacific.
“I hope that Pacific students who have only experienced online instruction and interaction are
able to establish a foundational relationship to Pacific’s campus and community, and that
students get familiar with the resources available to them and genuinely have a holistic transition
back to campus,” says Arenal.
There are a variety of classes that new, returning, and transferring students can take while paying
less tuition during Summer Session III being taught by Pacific’s faculty and staff that range from
STEM to Humanities to PACs.
Residential Life and Housing is giving students an opportunity to live in the residential
communities because the event is taking place during Summer Session III. Students can reside in
their fall housing assignment even if they are not taking summer classes. Pacific also will
provide some money to make housing and tuition more affordable.
Events that will occur during the program include different kinds of concerts, games, exercise
classes, and conversations between Pacific students, faculty, and staff.
For more detailed information on Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar!, you can go to