Orientation Season

One of the biggest pieces of my job this year has been creating a new student orientation program for my institution.  In my small student affairs nerd world, it’s been a dream–not many professionals right out of grad school get to create their own program.

Orientation season is always an exciting time on a college campus–students are forced out of their “too-cool-for-orientation” shells, they get excited about classes, and get to meet their future classmates.  I get excited because summertime on a college campus is so boring without students.  Needless to say, I was PUMPED when my Orientation Leader (OL) staff arrived on campus last week.  LET ORIENTATION BEGIN:

The week began with a few days of refresh and training for the OLs. Minus a wicked tornado warning, lack of sleep, and the dining hall being shut down all weekend, it was a success. And bringing Kings always keeps things exciting.

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Fast forward to Day One of Transfer Orientation.  Someone dropped their credit card in the toilet.  Meg to the rescue.

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I’ve been really stressed out trying to make everything perfect. I’m lucky to work with some fantastic people and have some incredible friends.  I was never running low on flowers, diet cokes, dark chocolate m&ms or SnapChats.

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Our week ended with the Vice President of Student Affairs and me surprising the OLs by taking them bowling.

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Week One was a success and I’m really excited for our final upcoming week.

Oh! And in other news–I’m headed to Texas in 14 days and California in 30 days…Hurrrrrryyyy uppppppppp.

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