These past two weeks I’ve been in Orientation training at my school! The days have been extremely long starting around 9am and ending upwards of 10pm! Although the hours can feel like days, we are being so well prepped with all the facts, resources, and departments on campus. I’m going to be sharing some of the outfits that I’ve been wearing, along with more details about what certain days have looked like!
Yesterday we had the opportunity to work at Higher Ground International. Higher Ground International works to “restoring dignity, empowering lives, and keeping peace in the rural villages of West Africa and in the West African immigrant community in Providence, RI. As soon as our Orientation team arrived we were given a tour of the facility and told what our task for the day was. We were split into teams and each given murals to paint, which would be fixed to a community garden for the elders. After lunch, we heard the stories of two women who experienced a civil-war in Liberia. I was humbled to hear about their lives and be able to serve the community. Our mural was all the different flags of different cultures and communities in Africa.
During the week one of our morning events was going to Providence College and experiencing what the campus is like to someone who is not familiar with it, exactly like what a First Year Student experiences! We did a scavenger hunt, much like the one that our students will do at Bryant. We ran all over their campus trying to find different clues to different buildings. It was super fun competing with the other members of my Orientation team, and my team ended up tying for first place! This experience was great because we were given the ability to view our campus as a First Year Student.
Also, one of our presenters this week gave a great presentation about being involved, and incorporated in the how and why of being involved. I thought it was a great presentation, but I thought it was even more great when the presentation concluded with an explanation of Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle. The why-how-what philosophy can motivate every one of us to make the best decisions for ourselves to be the best person we can be, and I found this presentation incredibly interesting. If you haven’t heard of this or watched it, I highly suggest you do so here.
These are just some of the experiences that I’ve been enjoying while training as an Orientation Leader. We still have two days of training left, so I’m predicting there will be many more to come!