Orientation – What Happened?!

Orientation is over. It’s taken me quite a few days to even think about posting a recap – I’ve been telling the story to so many people! My orientation lasted two days, July 12 and 13. I’ll divide my recap into two days to make it easier to think about.

Friday, July 12, 2013

I woke up at 6:30 in my comfortable bed. This morning was the first morning all summer that I had woken up before 11am. I was not a happy camper. It took me about an hour to get ready and double check that I had everything with me, and then I set off on the hour and fifteen minute drive to Marywood. When I got there, I had to check in. I got a lanyard with my nametag and photo ID slip in it and a drawstring backpack with a bunch of goodies. Since I got there at 9am and registration ended at 10:45, I had another hour to kill. So I walked around and talked to some kids. I also waived my insurance – an option my school offers because every student must have health insurance. We all trekked over to the Performing Arts Center (similar to an auditorium) and crammed in all the students, parents, faculty, and orientation leaders. The President of the University (who just happens to be a nun) spoke to us about being fabulous students and finding our way in the world.

We then gathered into small groups. This was kind of to force us to meet new people and become acquaintances with them. We had to play terrifyingly awkward games and engage in “group activities”. I warn you all – think of a creative adjective for yourself that begins with the same first letter as your name, and find a motion to go along with it just for good measure. Then there was lunch. It was kind of intense trying to figure out who to eat lunch with, but I managed by just plopping down at a table full of kids and starting a conversation. There was then a presentation on the different academic services offered at the college, like Diversity Efforts and Disability Services. An hour and a half of “free time” followed. There were scheduled sessions that we could go to that covered topics like Leadership and Athletics and Study Abroad. After that, we all marched over to our second small group meeting where we endured more embarrassing games. Dinner followed.

The real terror happened next. The… duh duh duh… Student Life Theater Presentations. These were god awful. The students put work into them, but I still think that they weren’t the best, were somewhat overdone, and were a bit too crude for the visiting parents. They were skits based off of popular TV shows or movies that surrounded topics like calling campus safety if you want someone to walk you home, binge drinking, deceiving the RA’s, and rape. I sat next to some friends I had made. There was another small group meeting. Then, the evening entertainment began. It was this old guy named Dave Binder who sang songs about all the sex you’ll have in college and that there should be some sort of college island that you all have to swim to.

After all of that, it was time for bed. I ended up hitting the sack around midnight, but I know a bunch of other people were in bed much later than me.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Not much happened on Saturday.  I was up at 7:15 to shower and move all of my stuff out of the dorm. I chose to eat breakfast before shuffling everything out into my waiting car. I was getting a bit sick of walking around with my knee brace on, so I ended up leaving early – but not before saying goodbye to my new friends!

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About Lisa Wilson

21 year old social worker, pursuing her MSW and trying to live every day to the fullest. Never seen without iced coffee or her planner!

Posted on July 15, 2013, in Academics, Pre-College, Social Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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