Orientation Core Staff
2016-2017 Undergraduate International Pre-Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: The Emerson Channel, The EVVY Awards, Student Government Association, Kappa Gamma Chi, Conduct Board, Emerson Independent Video.
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Charles St., The Esplanade, SoWa, Saus
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Seeing how amazing the program is at bringing people together.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Try going to as many events as possible. It's a great way to make friends and get to know more about what Emerson has to offer.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Have a schedule for when you are going to talk to them. It's easy to get caught up in your school work and activities, but having a regular schedule ensures that your family will be caught up with what you are up to.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Joining different organizations around campus is the easiest way to find people with common interests.
Your message to transfer students: From today on, you are an Emersonian, and we are thrilled to have you.
Your message to the families of our new students: Emerson is the place where new students will find themselves. It will allow them to grow and find what they are meant to do.
Me in 3 words: feed me please
Activities At Emerson College: Orientation, Emerson Poetry Project, Emerson College Quidditch House League, Derbyn and the Drakefish, and writing for Closing Time on the Emerson Channel and the EVVYs
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Emerson: going to comedy shows, eating mozzarella sticks in the Max, talking too loudly in the library. Boston: running along the Esplanade, eating french fries at Saus, crying on the green line
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Meeting new people and constantly being reminded of what makes Emerson so great.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to as many events as possible, but also make sure to take time for yourself. Missing an event every now and then won’t prevent you from making friends or adjusting to college -- take a break when you need one so you don’t burn out.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Texting and phone calls are great, but sending letters every now and then can be really special.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Give it time! I freaked out my third day of Orientation because I felt like I’d already missed the chance to make friends, but over the following weeks (and years) I’ve made incredible friendships.
Your message to transfer students: It’s never too late in your education to take advantage of everything Emerson has to offer. Welcome to where you belong!
Your message to the families of our new students: Just you wait, just you wait.
Me in 3 words: Here to win
Activities At Emerson College: Emertainment Monthly, Student Government Association, Orientation
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Paramount Cafe stir fry, the cookie warmer in the dining hall, Dumpling Cafe, Fire + Ice, Clerys, Shake Shack... That's all food. Oops. (Newbury Comics! Also, explore Cambridge beyond Harvard Square! It has so much to offer!)
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Getting to move in new students and be the first face that gets to welcome them to Emerson!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Don't be afraid to attend things you might be unsure about. There are so many events going on throughout the week that you wouldn't think to go to that can open you up to something new!
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Skype FOREVER. I talk to my mom on the phone daily, even just on the way to class to let her know how I'm doing. It's a great boost to my day.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Don't worry about being awkward and making the first "friend move". The other person probably wants you to, too.
Your message to transfer students: This is your home now, too! What happened before doesn't matter, you're just as much a part of the Emerson community as anyone else, and we're so thrilled to have you!
Your message to the families of our new students: Be happy (and just a tiny bit sad). Your new student is just a call away whenever they need you--or you need them!
Me in 3 words: Joy. Wanderlust. Nonstop.
2016-2017 Undergraduate Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: Orientations Program (Core Staff Chair), FSL Life (Alumni Relations at Zeta Phi Eta), Student Theatre (Member of Rareworks Theatre Company and Flawless Brown; Designer for Kidding Around, Mercutio Troupe), Multicultural Organizations (Member of EBONI and EAGLE), Student Government Association (Multicultural Commissioner), The Emerson Channel (Operations Coordinator), Visitor Center (Student Ambassador), and Freelance Sound Designer and Recording Mixer.
Emerson/Boston Favorites: For Emerson, I recommend the Student Lounge and the Library. Great places to get work done, but also to socialize and meet new people. For Boston, I love to put my headphones in and walk around the area as much as I can, but I have a bench that I frequent at the Esplanade, that I sit and look out at the Charles River on, and doodle designs for shows and write down my thoughts. I have a book I always carry with me called my “Nerd Book,” that acts as my scrapbook of important moments in my life and my notes as I’ve evolved through college.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: The people I’ve met here, have become my best friends, my family, and I wouldn’t have met them any other way. It’s the first step, for a bigger and brighter world, and being a part of the Emerson culture here, you’re free to make your customizable program by exploring what you’re interested in, surprising yourself by finding hidden gems, and just being able to tailor the program for yourself and what you need and want.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience. Know that nerves and fear are normal, and courage is pushing through those fears and being open to change and exploration, and that’s what this is for.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I have my phone for calls, texts, and emails, as well as my laptop and desktop computers for FaceTiming and working with them to coordinate flights home.
Your message to transfer students. Once you step on this campus, you are an Emersonian, pure and simple. Whatever reasons you left your previous school, its our gain to have you here to join the family.
Your message to the families of our new students. Your new students are ready for that next step. College is a time to learn about yourself: professionally, personally, socially, intellectually, and whatever have you. You’ve given them a foundation, and now the tools are theirs to continue building upon the work with their own choices. (And there’s always Family Weekend to come in for a visit.)
Me in 3 words: Inclusive, Independent, Learner
Activities At Emerson College: Jumpstart, Undergraduate Students for Publishing, Zeta Phi Eta, EmComm, Orientation
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Emerson: Secret naps in the quiet study lounge; Boston: Pastries in the North End, the Boston Harbor on a rainy day
Favorite Thing About Orientation: The energy and excitement that you can feel in the air during Emerson orientation is my absolute favorite.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Take care of yourself, and be comfortable, but also try something new, take risks, and introduce yourself to everyone you come into contact with. You never know who your new friends might be.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Family and friends back home are so important to me, and I'm lucky enough to be able to be home a few weekends a semester. But FaceTime and Snapchat help for the time between visits.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Everyone is in the same boat, and are just as apprehensive as you are. Introduce yourself, be open to adventuring, and remember why you're here.
Your message to transfer students: We are SO lucky to have you. I can't wait to start working, collaborating, and celebrating Emerson with you all.
Your message to the families of our new students: Your new student is in good hands. Miss them and love them, but also trust them.
Me in 3 words: Passion meets execution.
Activities At Emerson College: Student Government Association, Zeta Phi Eta, Emerson Spirit Squad, WEBN, Fraternity and Sorority Life Council
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The back of the library. The amazing food you can find within Chinatown. Runs on Commonwealth Ave.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: I love how Orientation is a new start for everyone involved. It is a time to get new students as well as OLs excited to be their best selves this upcoming year. Orientation is a time to let go of anything and everything that has been holding you back in the past and to finally move forward and upwards.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Do the things you never thought you could or would beforehand. The organizations and classes I ended up benefiting the most from are the ones that I did not have any experience in or did not relate to my major even. When you push yourself to do new things you can learn things about yourself you did not even know were possible.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? My entire family loves to stay busy so for me personally calling someone randomly will usually lead to a voicemail message. I text my parents to set up phone call dates as well as text them any immediate news that they would most likely want to know immediately. Keeping in touch is sometimes easy to forget to do but that phone call or Skype with family can also be what keeps you sane during hectic weeks.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Remember that during orientation everyone is in the same boat that you are. Everyone is nervous and anxious to make friends so don't feel intimidated or shy and also this is a whole new group of people who don't know you yet. You can be anyone you want to be and nothing from the past can hold you back.
Your message to transfer students: Welcome to Emerson! I want you to know that you are not a transfer student you are an Emersonian now.
Your message to the families of our new students: I know from personal experience how hard it is to say goodbye to your new student or to say goodbye to your parents. But actually my relationship with my parents have never been stronger since I moved to college and know that they'll always be there for you even if you're not physically in the same house.
Me in 3 words: dedicated, passionate, positive
Activities At Emerson College: Undergraduate Students for Publishing, Generic Magazine, Kasteel Well, Ploughshares
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Commonwealth Books, Mike & Patty's Breakfast Sandwiches, Tatte Bakery
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Hooray!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to whatever interests you. You don't have to follow your friends around; you'll find plenty more!
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Skype at 7 every Sunday.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Don't feel like you have to spend the rest of your college career with the people you meet day one. You may not find friends forever right away, but they will find you eventually.
Your message to transfer students: No matter where you've been you're an Emersonian now.
Your message to the families of our new students: Welcome to the family.
Me in 3 words: Flannel & Jeans
Activities At Emerson College: Active Minds at Emerson College (President), Emerson Dance Company (Treasurer; Choreographer; Dancer), Senior ArtsEmerson Ticketing Representative (Employment), EIV’s “In Focus” (Location Shooter), Orientation Leader (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Emerson/Boston Favorites: My favorite thing about Boston is my ability to explore the city! The Esplanade is perfect for a run; Charles Street/Beacon Hill is ideal wandering territory; and Newbury Street is the place for shopping; Visiting galleries and museums such as the ICA, MFA, Museum of Science, etc.; Day trips to Cambridge; Food in the North End; Late night group adventures to the Harbor
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Besides meeting a ton of interesting/diverse people and the constant singing and dancing, I love the special guest performers and speakers during the social event programs.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to every single event. Even if the event sounds silly or weird or boring or way too exciting or if you’re going alone: GO TO EVERY EVENT that you possibly can. You will meet so many people and learn more about yourself in the process, all while making the transition to college much easier and enjoyable. The activities and events planned during orientation are all geared towards making you feel at home on campus and in Boston, so everything you take part in will only benefit you in some way. To the same effect, don’t be afraid to take breaks and care for yourself. Orientation can equally become overwhelming, and you need to trust in your instincts about what is best for you.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I call my family every week or so, and I’m constantly texting them asking about how they are doing and telling them all the exciting and incredible things I am up to.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Have an open mind and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. At Emerson, it’s the norm to be a little weird and silly, so if that’s who you are, don’t be afraid to show it! Don’t hesitate to say hello to people you see in elevators or bathrooms or walking down the hall; it’s really not as scary as it sounds because everyone is a little nervous at first and you’re not alone. And after Orientation week, you WILL have friends, so don’t stress about it, just be yourself and be open to new experiences and new types of people.
Your message to transfer students: This is a fresh start in a new school, so you can really be whoever it is you want to be. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and try the things you’ve always wanted to try. Emerson has so many opportunities to do that.
Your message to the families of our new students: At Emerson, every new student will undoubtedly find their place. There are so many things to get involved in on campus and in the Boston community, and they will certainly be surrounded by other passionate and hardworking students with big dreams. Not to mention at Emerson, they have the resources and connections to achieve those goals. Regarding the city of Boston: it's kind of like a “starter city.” It’s small enough where you can figure out where everything is and not feel overwhelmed, but it’s also large enough to feel like all possibilities are endless.
Me in 3 words: Spunky Poptart Adventurer