In the summer of 2010, I befriended my Student Advisor during my time at Boston University’s orientation. They looked like they were having so much fun being a resource for incoming BU students. They were so full of BU spirit and were really easy to talk to. I asked my Student Advisor about applying for the position as soon as possible, but I was told that you cannot apply until the summer after your sophomore year. I waited patiently for that year to pass, and applied in January of 2012.
As of March of 2012, I am officially employed as a Student Advisor by Boston University Orientation! I’m excited to welcome the Class of 2016 to BU, but it’s making me feel old…Yikes! Regardless of how it makes me feel, it is all happening fast. This weekend of March 31st-April 1st is the Sargent Camp, a mandatory training exercise in New Hampshire. Follow that weekend, there are a few more training sessions and then we start receiving incoming students. In addition to the excitement of working in this amazing setting, I get to live with one of my best buds on campus, Bryan, for the entire summer.
I never realized how much orientation affected me until my interview for this position. When asked, I didn’t even hesitate to answer. The people I have met and the relationships I have formed as a result of orientation are priceless. I still maintain good relationships with my orientation friends and I can’t wait to provide that environment for the next group of incoming freshmen!
I recently had the pleasure of attending Sargent Camp in Hancock, NH as a training exercise/retreat with my future co-workers in the Orientation office. Everything about this experience was amazing–the people, the energy, the environment–I wish it went on for longer than just one weekend. I’m really looking forward to working with all of my Orientation peeps this summer! (Attached is a video made by Bryan Sih, Orientation’s videographer)