Lessons I’ve Learned during Orientation Week One

This week has been awesome. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts you can see I’ve been spending my time as an Orientation Leader at my college for First Year Students and their families. It’s been so great getting to see student relationships form, their parents and families worries melt away, and for them to love the school just as much as the students do. Here’s some quick lessons that I’ve been learning and needed a reminder of during this month!

  1. Give feedback

I’ve During our first session, we ran an activity that went well, but the students were not enjoying it. We gave our feedback and the student feedback to our supervisors and made some adjustments to the session. Session two rolled along, and we implemented some of the suggested changes, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kids smile and be goofy at the same time. Advice: give feedback, it could change a situation for the better!

  1. Not everyone absorbs information at the same rate

I’ve had the great opportunity to work with parents and students this week. I learned its okay to repeat yourself and that not to judge if someone asks you the same thing more than once. Some people need more time to absorb information than others and I learned Orientation is very overwhelming.

  1. A friendly smile can go a long way

I don’t know how many times I saw someone sitting or standing alone and just smiled and made my way over to them and introduced myself. So many students and families had questions for me that just wanted to ask someone via one on one. Doing this made their day, and honestly made mine too. Getting to know families and students really is what I love about this job. I’m incredibly interested in connecting them with the people and clubs/ orgs that they can see themselves getting involved in.

Orientation is not over yet, but here’s a few of the few things that I learned during the first week of Orientation.


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