I am sorry that it has been a month since I wrote my last blog. I took a couple of weeks off for summer, I had a little bump in the road and orientation training has been keeping me busy. But I’m back now!
Like I said, orientation training has been keeping me on my toes whether we’re in sessions learning about every last inch of the University or working on our float for the Bristol 4th of July parade. Apparently our float won “Best in Parade” last year, but no pressure for this year, right?! For the past two weeks we have been busily preparing for the first arrival of the incoming class of 2016. It’s exciting being on the other side of a place where I was just a year ago. What’s interesting is that when I was at orientation last year I didn’t enjoy myself much, and now I am an Orientation Advisor myself. But here’s my reasoning…
As an incoming freshman who had only graduated high school 24 hours prior to the first day of orientation, I was still extremely shy and perfectly content not playing icebreakers with fellow freshmen that I hadn’t met before. My OAs were great, however I was still completely out of my comfort zone. Orientation was all about meeting new people and having fun, and I basically shut myself out of that. However, somehow within a year I stopped being so shy, and now in fact when I tell people that I was always really shy no one believes me which is sort of amusing. That being said, one of the things that I am looking forward to the most in being an Orientation Advisor is to be able to work with those students who were just like me because I hope that I will understand where they are coming from and be able to use my past experience to help them adjust.
Anyway, we moved in May 28th, spend one night on campus and then went camping. Funny story about that- I am from NH…surrounded by nature… and yet my version of camping is staying in a cabin with running water, heat, electricity, cable, etc. Our cabins however had no electricity, heat, water or anything and we had to walk to the “bath house”. Oh, and it rained and we had a tornado watch… no big deal. Basically, I was completely out of my element yet enjoying it. We spent both days outside getting sunburned, but honestly it was a great experience even if nature was all over me. We Orientation Advisors have three “families” that we are broken up into, and those families were who we spent our two days with. Through crazy activities, high ropes, and summer camp meals our OA staff bonded with each other within a matter of 48 hours. In a nutshell, it was a lot of fun.
The following week was our last full week of training. It was still full of sessions from different departments at RWU, that way we were more than prepared to answer questions that will be coming at us in the next few days.
That’s all for now. I know it’s short but I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I didn’t forget to write! Stay tuned for the next one! (I promise it will be more detailed and fun)
- Jungle Themed Dinner
- Newport Beach
- Transfer Orientation and Orientation Session 1
- Water Fire
- Other surprises!!