By James | August 21, 2011
I’m an orientation leader. This means that instead of moving in the day before classes begin (this year that special date is August 29), we move in two weeks early and help the incoming freshman adjust to the new college atmosphere. While it does take some of the summer vacation away, it is truly one of my favorite times of the year.
This being my second year of being an orientation leader and I was even more excited about it this year than I was last year. The reason I like it so much is because it gives me time to truly form relationships with my fellow orientation leaders. Prior to this summer I was only friends with about ten of the leaders on the staff, however, after only four days of training I have already formed meaningful relationships with fellow students that I know will last longer than orientation.
Another reason that I enjoy this time of the year is because I become acquainted with the incoming freshman. It is a very good feeling when you walk through the hallways during the school year and can say “hi” to students that are not in your grade, especially when at the same time you are helping the new students become more comfortable with their new living environment.
So if I could recommend one thing to any of you incoming freshman, try to get involved, because school is much more enjoyable when you can form relationships with other students. At least from my experience, school has been much more fun now that I have friends that share similar interests as me.
This is a great orientation video: