Throughout the month of June, the Orientation Leaders worked hard. Every day they
met and educated new students of all ages and all backgrounds. Orientation is an
extensive program at UNCW that packs a lot of information in a short amount of time.
This can prove to be draining to students and their guests, but the Orientation team
made it as enjoyable as possible with their seemingly tireless attitudes and their
willingness to never stop winning students over. |
On multiple occasions there were students coming to orientation that were not
planning on staying overnight. During Day 1, so many students changed their mind
about not staying on campus during orientation that housing had to figure out rooms
last minute. This was one of the good problems at orientation! Not only were
students changing their minds to stay on campus during orientation, but on multiple
occasions there were students asking how to get on-campus housing during the fall
after they said they were going to be living off campus! These responses to the vibes
at orientation are a direct reflection of the attitudes and willingness to share from the
The Orientation Leaders collaborated together to build up an inclusive environment
for all students. The Leaders went beyond lengths asked of them. Almost every day
they worked longer than they were on the clock, just because they wanted to make
the student's experiences memorable. There were Orientation Leaders going out of
their way to make sure that their students were everywhere they needed to be, on
time, and with everything they needed (meal tickets especially).
There was no requirement for the Orientation Leaders to talk to the students that
were quiet, and even if there was, there wasn't always someone watching the
Orientation Leaders to see if they were reaching out or not, they just did it anyway.
This is how I know this Orientation team did a phenomenal job. Even the quietest
students came to these Leaders and talked with them and shared with them personal
experiences and why they are excited to come to UNCW.
Orientation is a big deal. If it goes poorly for a student, they will sit all summer feeling
as if they made the wrong decision. The Orientation team made it their mission this
month to make sure that every student felt like they made the best decision possible,
and that those who were questioning it, are no longer questioning their choice. And
this team exceeded these goals.
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