Hey guys, being at Summer Orientation made me very excited for the new upcoming school year, so I figured I’d write about what went down this past week/weekend.
First off, I need to give a HUGE shout-out to Brianne McGann, Allison Muise, and Alyssa Laurenza for their incredible hard work and dedication. The hard work and countless hours they put in to make sure the Orientation Leaders are prepared and the students have fun is second to none and no amount of thanks is enough.
Also, a big shout-out to all of Residence Life, Sodexo workers, Admissions and everyone else for their hard work. Without them none of what happened this weekend would be possible.
Then last but not least to my fellow Orientation Leaders, you guys are amazing and I’m so blessed to be a part of an amazing group of people and leaders. I consider you all family now.
Alright, so now on to Orientation. The festivities started off early Saturday morning, with check-in and move-in. Then, everyone went over to North Field to meet their groups and play some ice breakers to get to know each other.
We then shifted to inside the MAC where we had a welcome address from Dr. Wylie, who was introduced by Mr. Redman. Next, all the deans were introduced by Dr. Rossi-Le. They then came up on stage and told the group about their department.
Once this was finished everyone went to their individual deans meeting to learn about their school. After this we all had a boxed lunch and continued to get to know everyone in the fieldhouse.
After lunch, the students got to feel out a little bit of what an Endicott class is like. The students learned about Endicott’s values and what they mean to our close-knit community an important lesson for the first-year students to learn early on.
After that the first-year students and their parents got to learn about all the great clubs and activities that we offer at Endicott. Then we all headed back to the MAC where housing gave a great presentation (shout-out to Caitlin) on the first-year housing options. This year all the freshman will be on one side of campus, in Endicott, Reynolds, Frates, Brindle, Hamilton, and Wenham. Then the students had a debrief session where they got to ask their OL’s anything about housing.
After that we all went to dinner and enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit more. Then the groups had a team building session with their groups. We played fun games like the “Human Chair.”
After this we had a guest speaker named Jeff Kaylor. He was an incredible magician that even explained some of his magic to the group. He made a $100 bill disappear then reappear, along with a ring, and somehow got a first-year students friends name right, it was unreal.
We then had our late-night activities. Gully’s was a huge dance party where everyone had a great time. There was also Bingo in Lo Cal which I heard was quite popular, and a fire pit with s’mores. After a long day, everyone went to bed to rest up for day two.
Day two was not as long as day one. The students met up in the morning for a goal setting workshop to get their mind ready for a new adjustment. Then there was speaker Koren Zailckas, who came to talk to the students about the dangers of alcohol, an important lesson for the new students. Then after that we had a celebration BBQ to celebrate the class of ’21.
Everyone seemed to have a great time (I know I did), and hopefully we got our new gulls excited for the Fall! Can’t wait to see everyone then! Also shout-out to group 25 you guys rock!
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