This previous July I had the opportunity to be an Orientation Mentor for the first year students’ orientation! Every orientation there is a play called Transitions, which I had the opportunity to be involved in both my years working orientation. Transitions is one of the highest rated parts of orientation, which is an amazing feeling to be apart of. The show really gives the first year students an understanding of what they might experience during college, the good and the bad.
Orientation is also remembered for the crazy amount of icebreakers we do! Us mentors really love interacting and making the first year students feel comfortable with each other and the campus!
“WE ARE ORIENTATION MENTORS!” is probably our favorite thing to yell, with a little dance, twist, and kick added of course!
The memories that are created during orientation are like no other! In some instances, this is the first time that the first year students are meeting their friends, roommates, classmates, etc. It’s really a wonderful feeling knowing that I am apart of the students’ first impression of Utica College.
Also being a Resident Assistant here at UC, I continue to see the new students’ excitement and nervousness as they experience their first semester of college. It brings me back to my first year’s excitement and nervousness of not knowing anyone and taking on a different level in the classroom. These new feelings are what gave me the drive to get involved on campus. Involvement within organizations and my several jobs on campus really makes Utica College feel like a home.
My suggestion to all of the first year students is don’t be afraid to get involved or put yourself out there. Without putting myself out there, I would not be where I am today. I have made so many connections that have led me to meet new people and helped with my academic performance.
Just remember, you don’t ever have to feel like you’re in this alone. This is a small school. We are all a family. This is going to be a great year and beginning to your Utica College journey!
Here are some of my favorite pictures from this summer’s orientation: