First-year students attending college in Michiana are probably somewhat familiar with their campus and the surrounding neighborhoods by now.
But on Friday they went out a little bit farther.
Freshman, transfer students and other new faces had the chance to explore South Bend and welcome one another to the area on Friday night.
Dozens hopped onto buses at Hunt Plaza and embarked on a tour of the city, visiting all of the hot spots and attractions around town. They stopped by the Potawatomi Zoo, the newly-named Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium and strolled down the streets of downtown.
"The whole idea is to bring some of the students out into the community, especially some of the new students and maybe students who are transferring in,” said Sue Solmos, of South Bend’s department of community investment. “We want them to see how great south bend is and sometimes if you're on one of the campuses you don't stray off too much. We wanted them to see our neighborhoods and some of the things that we are proud of."
Toward the end of their trip, the students were welcomed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and later mingled with the First Fridays crowd.