2010 OSLs prepare for new freshmen

May 12, 2010

by Amber Guyotte

The 2010 Orientation Student Leaders are gearing up for a group of new students this summer. Orientation is a tool used to help transition freshmen and transfer students into the university with as much ease as possible.

Travis Napper, director of orientation and student programs, said orientation training is going well, despite a schedule change and having one four-hour training class a week.

The orientation leaders are learning about Tech’s history and memorizing information that will be beneficial for incoming students to know about Tech, along with perfecting their skits for the “Presents” performance at the end of each orientation session.

Napper said orientation is the first major chance for incoming students to be involved with the campus.

“It’s an opportunity to meet the professors within their area of study, get advised for the first time by one of them and meet other students within their area of study,” he said. “It helps them become more familiar with the campus and college life in general, as well as meeting new students going through the same thing and older students to help make their transition better. My favorite part is getting to meet all the new students, helping them out and getting to see them on campus in the fall.”

Tiffany White, an OSL, said orientation helped put her mind at ease about college life.

“After high school graduation, I was nervous about coming to college and having to take care of myself,” the sophomore business management and entrepreneurship major said. “After orientation, I couldn’t wait for summer to be over so that I could be out on my own and have a bit more freedom. My orientation leader was very helpful in making my first experience as a Tech student an exciting one, and I hope that I will be able to do just that with my orientation groups.”

White said orientation helps get students excited about college life and that it is the first step toward the rest of their lives. She also said she is looking forward to becoming a mentor and role model for the incoming freshmen.

The freshmen session for honors-eligible students will be June 9-11, and the other freshmen sessions are June 16-18, July 7-9 and July 21-23. The transfer sessions are June 21 and July 19. The late one-day session will be Aug. 10.

Jena Johnston, also an 2010 OSL and a junior early childhood education major, said orientation got her excited about college.

“Before orientation, I was nervous about so many things, and my orientation leader really put me at ease,” Johnston said. “All of the orientation leaders’ love for Tech was contagious.”

She said she is most excited about performing on stage with the other orientation leaders.

White also said her favorite part of Tech is its family motto.

“Even though we have over 11,000 students
attending Tech currently and we have over 70,000 proud alumni, we are all a family,” White said. “I love Tech’s traditions and history, like petting the bulldog for good luck and the legend of the bulldog. There are so many great things about this school that bring all of us together. The relationships we build here will last a lifetime.”