Undergraduate Orientation Program
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Media Studies '19
Undergraduate Orientation Chair
Hometown:?Tewksbury, MA, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?Executive President of?Student Government Association; Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?Maria's Taqueria, ?Boston Opera House,??the Campus Center,?the Public Garden, the North End (pastries!!!)
Favorite Thing About Orientation:??Move in! I love?getting to see the excitement when??new ?students/families arrive on-campus for Orientation!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Don't hold yourself back. It is perfectly okay to only do what you're comfortable with, but don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you're a first year, transfer, international, on-campus, or off-campus student, there is something in Orientation for you. Take advantage of all that we have to offer you!??
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Don’t stress! There are a?lot of people in the same boat that you are. Putting yourself out there makes a big difference,?but don't feel like you have to leave Orientation having made your best friend for life. You have plenty of time to find your people. ?
Your message to transfer students:?Welcome to Emerson! We are so lucky to have you!?Post-Orientation, you do not have to label yourself as a "transfer." You are now an Emersonian, no matter what.
Your message to the families of our new students:??This isn't an ending, but a beginning of a new experience for your student. Trust them. This is such an amazing community, and we are happy to welcome you and your student into it.
Me in 3 words: Wow reacts only.?
"Welcome to Chili's" - that?Vine?Boy
Business of the Performing Arts '19
Orientation Leader?Questions and Training
Hometown:?Gorham, ME, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?Campus Center; Visitor’s Center Student Ambassador;?Hidden Lantern; RareWorks?E-Board
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?At Emerson: Quiet area of the library, Quiet Study Lounge. In Boston: Trident Booksellers and Cafe- Great place to study or hang out off campus with delicious food (I highly recommend the stuffed pancakes and poutine).?
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?My favorite thing about Orientation is that it has a really unique ability to bring out the best in people. It’s not hard to become jaded, especially towards the end of the year going into the summer, but once Orientation Leaders are back on campus it’s like Emerson gets a new life. I think that the amount of enthusiasm, passion, and unbridled joy that OLs bring to Orientation, and in turn give to our new students, is a perfect way to kick off the school year.?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Don't be afraid to go to an event, even if the people around you aren't interested in going. It may be scary to go by yourself, but there will most likely be people there in the same position as you that you can get to know better.?
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Don't be afraid to talk to people you've met, regardless of how briefly you talked to them! If you saw someone whose outfit you liked during move-in, for example, don't be afraid to reintroduce yourself and strike up a conversation with them later in the week. I met one of my best friends just by saying "Hey, I love the dinosaur pattern on your shirt. Wanna get coffee after class?" And this one goes for after Orientation ends, too! I promise it's a lot less weird to do this than you think it is.
Your message to transfer students:?Make your transition into Emerson at whatever pace feels best for you. If you want to jump right in and join a few orgs your first week here, then go for it! But if you need a semester or two to get acclimated to the city and to Emerson, then that's valid, too. Don't feel pressured to do anything that you may not be ready for based off of what everybody else seems to be doing.
Your message to the families of our new students:?Be patient with your new student as they make the transition into Emerson and give them the space to find themselves. While this can be a lot easier said than done, it will be worth it in the long-run and watching them grow so much during their time at Emerson will be so gratifying!
Me in 3 words: Carly Rae Jepsen.?
"There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do." - Amy Poehler
Writing Literature and Publishing '19
Transfer Student Orientation
Hometown: Yulan, NY, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?Community Ambassador, Office of Off-Campus Student Services; Emerson Poetry Project?
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?Boston: the donut scene, Brookline Booksmith, the ICA, Piers Park, Constitution Beach and truffle fries from Harvard Gardens Emerson: APL lab on Walker 4, the WLP Reading series and my MBTA Semester Pass?
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?My favorite thing about Orientation is meeting so many new people! As a new student and as an OL I’ve made friends who have been so essential to my overall Emerson experience.?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Orientation is all about connection! It's the perfect time to stretch your comfort zone and interact with new people who will soon become friends, collaborators, and interestingly enough, inspirations. It all starts with Hello.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Skip the small talk -- small talk is a great way to begin a conversation with someone who is practically a stranger but it offers little longevity. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with people, present your authentic self, truly listen to what others tell you --?pursuing a genuine?friendship will ease everything to fall into place.?
Your message to transfer students:?An important affirmation to remember throughout this transition is, "Go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated." Your choice to join us is absolute cause for celebration -- and has been since the moment of your acceptance. No matter the turns it took for you to get here, you're HERE *cue Kool & the Gang's "Celebration"*?
Your message to the families of our new students:?You're going to be amazed by how your new student grows into the artist, communicator, or creator you'd always knew they'd become. You're going to be amazed by how you too will change for the better by sharing this community with your student. Open yourself up to this change! It will do beautiful things.?
Me in 3 words: Ina Garten Superfan?
"I want to be like David Carliner" - Kayla
Marketing Communications '19
the Welcome Center
Hometown: Salem, NH, USA
Minors: Sports Communication; Postcolonial and Global Studies?
Activities At Emerson College:?Emerson Men's Varsity Volleyball; Student Athlete Advisory Committee;?Zeta Phi Eta
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?At Emerson:?the Skybox;?this is my go-to place to focus and be productive and also my go-to place to take naps and unwind. In Boston:?Fenway Park; Trident Booksellers and Cafe; the North End; Kendall Square; the South End; Seaport
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?I love seeing friendships form during Orientation. As a Senior, I look back to my first?year during Orientation and think back to?all the friendships the blossomed during my first week here at Emerson?and how these relationships have?positively impacted my Emerson Experience.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?It may seem overwhelming, but try to take it all in and enjoy every moment of your first week at Emerson. Experiences you have during orientation can end up being the best memories that you think back to when your Emerson adventure is winding down.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??You don’t have to prove yourself or pretend to be anyone else, just be you! Everyone is in the same situation as you, so don’t be afraid to go up to someone and start a conversation. You can even be as bold as to raise your hand after one of your peers gives their first presentation in Speech Communication and flat out ask them “can we be best friends” because it might work out and you might be on Core Staff together as BFFs 2 years later.
Your message to transfer students:?Welcome to our club.
But in all seriousness, welcome to Emerson College! You are no longer a transfer student, you are simply an Emersonian and we can’t wait to welcome you into our community with open arms.
Your message to the families of our new students:?I know moving a new student into college can be emotionally evoking,?but try to not?stress;?I guarantee your new student made an excellent choice. They are going to make an incredible addition to our community and we can’t wait to see where Emerson takes them.
Me in 3 words:?Volleyball's Troy Bolton?
"... and that's what you missed on GLEE" - that mysterious speed talker
Visual Media Arts '19
the Move-In Process
Hometown: Lancaster, PA, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?Phi Alpha Tau, E-Board; Captain of?Emerson Men's Varsity Lacrosse;?Emerson ESports; National Broadcast Society; Equipment Distribution Center
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?My favorite spot in Boston is the esplanade. I think the atmosphere there is so peaceful. Even though the highway is a few hundred yards away, I always feel like I'm stepping away from the hustle and bustle from the city to just enjoy the view of the river and relax on the dock.?
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?Move in is my favorite time. It's the biggest moment, in my opinion, a new student faces during orientation. Coming in my freshman year, it was such a daunting event, but it wasn't until I was greeted by an OL and I was seeing the passion and energy of all the OLs that I felt at home.?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?If there's an event, go to it. Orientation is the time to learn about everything here at Emerson and to meet as many people as possible before returners come back and classes start. Enjoy it!?
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??It really starts by saying hello. It's ok to be nervous, it's ok to be shy. It will happen naturally as long as you let it. Whether it from having a conversation with your roommate(s)/ suitemates, or sparking conversation during one of the events there are so many opportunities. If someone says hi to you first that's even better, enjoy the conversation! They may not become your best friend, but it's one more person to get to know and one more person to enjoy college with.
Your message to transfer students:?Welcome to Emerson! You are fortunate in that you already have the experience of being in college. Use that experience to meet people here, students at Emerson are extremely accepting and will always open themselves up to new people.
Your message to the families of our new students:?Your new student is in good hands. Everybody here looks out for each other. It's because of our size as a smaller private school that allows us to be so connected. It may feel like your new student will never get homesick, this isn't true. They are fortunate to be at a place that, during orientation, they will constantly find themselves being busy and afterward, will be enjoying every day.
Me in 3 words:?Is Pepsi OK??
"I just feel like as a lacrosse player I have so much life advice." - Fernando
Orientation?Leader Questions and?Training
Hometown: Revere, MA, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?EVVYs 37;?Sigma Pi Theta;?Student Ambassador
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?At Emerson: Mozzarella Sticks at the Max!?Late night breakfast at the DH!?Ball Pit! In Boston: Esplanade,?North End
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?My favorite day of the entire year is new student move-in! Nothing tops the energy and excitement.?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Go to the events! Even if they seem cheesy; even if they seem lame; even if you don't know a single other person going, I promise you there are several new students with the same thoughts and apprehensions as you. Orientation is designed to meet new people that you might not ever cross paths with while you're here whether it's because you're different majors or you live in different buildings. I was way too nervous to attend events by myself, so I missed out on a lot of the bonding that happens during Orientation; so take it from me, step out of your comfort zone and GO!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Orientation is when it's okay to be awkward! Compliment someone's outfit and then ask them to hang out. If you're clicking with someone at an event, get coffee with them after. But if none of that is really your thing, then don't worry because Orientation isn't the only time to make friends! Hanging in common rooms or common spaces or joining organizations are just a few of the many ways to branch out and meet new people. ?
Your message to transfer students:?Once you step foot on campus, you're officially an Emersonian. Embrace it! Join an org for academic benefit and join an org for social benefit. I've met some of my closest friends through the organizations I got involved with my first year here. And don't be afraid to reach out to all of the resources we have on campus for questions regarding credits, classes, housing - literally anything! No question is too small or too large!
Your message to the families of our new students:?Every day I am compelled by the sheer amount of passion and drive and creativity that I see here on a daily basis. Emersonians are some of the most thoughtful and dedicated people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. So have no fear!?Your student could not be in better hands; I seriously mean it.
Me in 3 words: Ready for anything!?
"Please lower your head and watch your step. If you hit your head and miss your step, please lower your voice and watch your language. This is a family establishment." - the Jungle Cruise
Journalism and Political Communications '20
Parent and Family Orientation
Hometown:?Sentential, CO, USA
Activities At Emerson College:?Founding Member of Student Alumni Association; EIV:?EIVNews.com,?InterNews; Emerson ASIA
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?At Emerson: 48 Hour Film Festival. In Boston: Kung Fu Tea,?Dumpling Cafe for Late Night Chinese Food/Dumplings, Halal guys, and Fenway Park.
Favorite Thing About Orientation:?My favorite thing about Orientation is meeting people and being part of a giant family. I love everyone in the Orientation program and have made such inseparable bonds with them.?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Go to as many events that you can, but don’t tire yourself out. And always be yourself!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Don’t think too too hard about it! Everybody here is super kind and you WILL come across who has the same interests that you have!
Your message to transfer students:?Be open to new experiences!?Although every college says it, Emerson College TRULY is?different. Just be willing to try new things and explore Boston! We have set up a great new Orientation program specifically designed for you and to help you on your Emerson journey!
Your message to the families of our new students:?You might be feeling a range of emotions. You could be feeling sadness, scared to drop your student off in the middle of Boston, excited about the opportunities that they are about to receive, etc. But know that us here in the Orientation Core Staff have created an amazing program for your students and even YOU with Parent Orientation. And before you know it, Parent/Family Weekend will be around the corner and both the semester and the year will be over way faster than you think!
Me in 3 words: Funny, Loving, Open.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
Media Studies '20
Orientation International Pre-O?Chair
Minors: Photography; Art History?
Activities At Emerson College:?Emerson Channel;?Student Government Association;?Emerson Student Alumni Association; Emerson ASIA;?YOUR Magazine;?ERA Awards;?Developed Images
Emerson/Boston Favorites:?At Emerson: Bright Lights Series at the Paramount theater. In Boston: Chinatown and its restaurants and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.?
Favorite Thing About Orientation:? OL Dance! And Mr.Joy!?
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their Orientation experience:?Try to go to as many event as possible! Explore Emerson's beautiful campus and have fun at the events! Orientation is about learning new things and meeting new people, but it is also a great time to step out of your comfort zone a little bit and challenge yourself. New environment may be scary, but remember that all the OLs are here to help so don't be afraid to reach out!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends??Get excited and be yourself! Making friends sounds scary when you say it, but true friendship happens so fast and so natural that you will be friends before you even realizing it. And keep in mind that everyone is new here so don't feel lonely!?
Your message to transfer students:?I know it might be scary being a transfer students, but don't exclude yourself from the Emerson community! You ARE part of Emerson just like everyone! Every student's Emerson experience may be a little different but everyone get to make friends and enjoy the college life, so don't hold yourself back! Enjoy the Orientation week, go to events and talk to people. You'll find yourself enjoying the Emerson experience in no time!
Your message to the families of our new students:?Your student is going to enjoy their time at Emerson! Don't worry to much, and this is a perfect time to celebrate and say you love them! Saying goodbye is hard but also think about all the adventures waiting for your student to explore! Give them enough space to figure out their own college experience and you will find them thriving at Emerson! And finally, be very very proud of them!?
Me in 3 words: Passionate, Ambitious and Curious.?
"I love you Jake!" - Ann