June 28, 2018 – This week, Newbury held its annual new student summer orientation. The two-day event lets incoming students experience life on campus, meet their future classmates and learn more about the College.
“Orientation is important for incoming students because it gives them a real taste of what being a Nighthawk means,” said Director of Student Involvement Katie Collins, “They get to experience a mock classroom setting, meet their fellow peers, and connect with current students so that when they get here in September they can feel confident walking into the first day of classes.”
Fourteen current students were chosen as Orientation Leaders (OLs) to serve as mentors to new students and families. Their job is to ensure students are prepared and excited to return to Newbury in September.
“The current students that are student leaders are ones who made this their home,” said Collins, “Some took to college quickly, others had to grow into it. Some have lived on campus their whole time here, others are international students. These OLs wanted to share their experiences and what they learned here to help make the transition period for the next generation of Nighthawks even better than the last.”
Brandon Ray ’20, is one of this year’s Student Orientation Coordinators, where he not only acts as a guide for new students, but to the new team of Orientation Leaders as well. This year is Ray’s second year as an Orientation Leader. He said, “For me, I enjoy helping incoming students become comfortable with the setting and getting them excited to start school in the fall. It’s a great feeling when someone tells you that you helped them adjust to the school and they are super excited to start. I also love to bond with the other Orientation Leaders. I’ve met people I never thought I’d meet and I became close friends with some I never thought I would have talked to.”
This year’s orientation included community building games, a campus scavenger hunt, skits from the orientation leaders, a movie night, and various sessions with faculty and staff to familiarize students with financial aid, career services, academic affairs, student life, athletics and more.
Each of the Orientation Leaders are passionate about helping make the transition from high school to college smooth for incoming students.
Caleb Macdonald ’21, a first-year Orientation Leader, said, “I am most excited about this position because I love helping people and, since I just successfully completed my first year [at Newbury], I think I will be able to help guide and mentor the incoming college students to a successful and enjoyable first year of their own. Orientation is a crucial stepping stone for incoming college students because this gives them the opportunity to adapt to a new environment, as well as make them feel welcome here at Newbury.”
Orientation Leaders Photo Credit: Katie Collins
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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