Orientation Summer Follow-up

Although I am still in the honeymoon stage of my relationship with Orientation, I can’t help but to be affectionately reflective on this experience. With all jokes and sappy reflections aside, I have made and solidified some of my strongest relationships that I’ve ever had this summer.

I was fortunate enough to participate in Common Ground this summer. Although my personal Common Ground experience wasn’t the most memorable, I wanted to help facilitate the experience of incoming students. Through the sweat, frustration, and aimless wandering associated with it, I enjoyed every minute of Common Ground. I was given the opportunity to meet even MORE people during each orientation session and explore the city in a way I never have before. In short, I’m pretty well voiced in the Brookline/Coolidge Corner area.

I was also fortunate enough to meet an impressive bunch of students throughout the summer. I was genuinely impressed with these incoming students because of their motivation, their willingness to participate, and their enthusiasm. Many students  already knew what they wanted to after their undergraduate work as well as how they are going to get there. The maturity and motivation associated with this decisiveness was very motivating for me as their peer.

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In addition to the students I was able to work with, I throughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with my colleagues. Initially, I thought that the competitive nature of our interviews and the selectiveness in choosing the appropriate candidates would translate to a competitive nature among the staff. I was entirely wrong. The hostility and the necessity to prove that one was more involved or better than another didn’t even exist. As an orientation family, we bonded as a unit and tackled countless hurdles that came up.

As this summer wains to a close and we reflect on our experience, our time with orientation was not long at all. Despite the abbreviated time with each other, I feel like the relationships I have formed with my colleagues are some of the strongest I have to this day. Looking back, two weeks of training of 12.5 hour days was the concentrated bubble that we needed. This concentrated time transformed us from a few individuals who vaguely knew each other into a family.

Summer staff grew together as a unit, but the growth of each and everyone one of us was also harbored. As an individual, I feel like Orientation has prepared me for professional encounters, but it has also cultivated my conversational skills and my confidence. This is worth its weight in gold. As a result of this experience, I have grown as an individual, I have become a part of a family, I have expanded my professional network, and I would do it all again at the drop of a hat.

…for my Summer Staff peeps…

Summer Job: Boston University Orientation

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)