It’s really amazing that a year ago I was at orientation, absolutely in awe of the school, so confused about where to go, and so afraid of what was to come! Now, a year later, I’m more familiar with the school, mostly know where to go, and still kind of afraid of what’s to come. But I’m definitely more confident this time around–so much so, in fact, that I actually helped with orientation this year.
First of all, it made me appreciate how much work had gone into my orientation. We spent a day and a half just prepping for orientation to happen. Once it started, we worked our butts off all day running around doing orientation activities with the new first years. Sleep was not well appreciated either, so the exhaustion level that resulted was pretty bad for the weekend before classes started. Luckily, we ended the weekend with a relaxing BBQ on the beach. Everyone brought their dogs to play, while we ate and watched the sunset.
For activities, we had a lot of events similar to those of last year, though we added our own Class of 2017 flair to everything we did. For example, we still did a scavenger hunt of the school, but we also included stations downtown so new students had a bit of a tour of Charlottetown while they were at it. We played lots of ice breaker games and also had the veterinary olympics! Our orientation had a Game of Thrones theme, so each team was assigned a house. We decorated flags and came up with battle cheers, which was very fun and very energetic! As an orientation leader, I was also very lucky to have a great team– everyone was enthusiastic throughout the whole weekend. Wishing the Class of 2018 much luck for your first year of the rest of your life!