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.
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…