Orientation Core Staff
Activities At Emerson College: Orientation, Alpha Phi Omega (Preisdent), Generic Magazine (Managing Editor), Gauge Magazine (Poetry Editor), Undergraduate Students for Publishing, and Emerson College Quidditch House League.
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Emerson: The student organizations and the literary magazines.
Boston: Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street and the Boston Public Library.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Definitely move in! It's so much fun to see the new students arrive and react to the Orientation Leaders' enthusiasm and energy when they walk into their new home.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: First, really make use of the resources available to you. Your Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants are here to help you! Second, attend as many events as possible! Try to step out of your comfort zone and be open to having conversations with new people.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I've actually found it surprisingly easy to stay connected to my friends and family. I usually call my parents at least once a week, and even if I can't find time for a long conversation on the phone I still text them and send emails frequently. I am also lucky enough to live close enough that I can go home over the weekends to visit them if I really wanted to. As for how I stay in contact with my friends, we usually message each other in a group chat and make plans to skype every couple of weeks. Seeing each other over breaks also helps us stay close.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? The best way to make friends is to get involved on campus. Being active in organizations really helps introduce you to people with similar interests, and can also act as a great catalyst for solidifying relationships. Be friendly and open with the people you meet, and don't be afraid to initiate conversation. Even if it doesn't happen right away, you will eventually meet people you can be friends with.
Your message to transfer students: I think it's important for transfer students to know that it doesn't really matter where you went to school before. You're an Emersonian now, and that's what really important. We couldn't be happier to have you!
Your message to the families of our new students: Welcome to the Emerson community! Your student could not be in better hands. They are going to grow so much over the course of the next few years. Try to give them all the support and encouragement they need, but trust that they will be able to take care of themselves. Remember that even thought your student may live a little farther away now, they'll always be just a phone call away!
Me in 3 words: compassionate, enthusiastic, curious
Activities At Emerson College: Senator of the Class of 2018 to SGA, Communication, Politics, and Law Association Treasurer, Marketing Director, Emerson Mane Events, Family Weekend, Orientation
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Emerson Favorites: People’s faces when they jump in the ball pit for the first time or when they walk up to me after Palooza and ask me where I got the free food/ free item I’m holding
Boston Favorites: Saus, Mr. Bartleys Gourmet Burgers, Boston Public Market, Boston Common Coffee Company, Lone Star Taco Bar, and The Friendly Toast. When I’m not eating I also like the HarborWalk, the JFK museum, and the wing with colonial-era artwork at the MFA.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: As much as Orientation Week is about incoming students, my favorite part about Orientation Week is Parent Orientation. Parents, family members, and other loved ones can make an incredible impact (positively and negatively) on a students’ Orientation Week (speaking from my own experience), and it is an true privilege to interact with those individuals who so directly influence incoming students. Being a Parent OL the past two years has made me more aware of how Emerson presents itself as an institution to the outside world, about safety and wellness policies, FERPA regulations, explaining the organization/class balance, and how to describe Emerson’s quirks in a positive way. Being a Parent OL, and being able to speak about Emerson is a personal and genuine manner, helped me realize just how many opportunities I have been given at Emerson, and how those opportunities can be easily shared with new students.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Orientation week is completely what you make of it. If you go to every single event and floor meeting and activity and are incredibly social, that is incredibly great and wonderful. And if you go to one or two events, maybe, and spend some time adjusting to your new surroundings in your own personal way, that is just as incredibly great and wonderful. As a member of Core Staff, and a returning second-year OL, I would love for new students to go to as many events as possible, but the health and well being of new students is more important than anything else, even when that means a student is attending only a few events. Each new student has to figure out how to make the most of the most of their Orientation Week experience in a way which works best for them, and I would stress to new students that they will know what is best for them at the end of the day.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I am personally very close with my family, and talk to my parents and younger brother every day either via phone call, text, email chain, or Twitter exchange. I also make sure to call my grandparents every Sunday, and aunts whenever I get the chance (at least every week and a half or so). I know that seems like a lot, but for my family dynamic, that’s what works best for us. I suggest talking to your family members and loved ones about your level of comfort and how you would prefer to be contacted; that conversation might seem strange or daunting, but your personal comfort level is the most important thing when going off to college. I am also lucky enough to live an hour and a half away from my home, and have most of my friends attend college in either Massachusetts or Rhode Island, so being able to physically see my loved ones is not much of an issue. For my long distance family members and friends, Skype and FaceTime are my preferred modes of communication.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? The people you meet during your first week, first class, first organization meeting, or first year may or may not be the people you stay close with for the rest of your Emerson experience, and that is totally okay. Friendship is different for everyone, and it is just as normal to meet your best friend during Orientation Week as it is to meet them in a random class during spring semester sophomore year. As you figure out your interests, schedules, hobbies, and lifestyle choices that that make you happiest, you will naturally find the people who best fit with what you want in life. Friendships grow and fade and change and develop naturally, so figure out what makes you happy and the people who make you happy will follow. If you are interested in meeting people with common interests as you, I suggest going to the Organization Fair or Alternative Organization Fair, where you can join clubs with people who have similar interests as you, which can sometimes make making friends a little bit easier. Picking classes you are genuinely interested in are also great ways to meet people with similar interests as you.
Your message to transfer students: Emerson is just as much your home as it is a home for incoming first-year students. I personally recommend going to Transfer Tuesday during Orientation Week to learn about specific how to answer questions specific towards transfer students, like transferring credits, commuting, and life at Emerson compared to your previous institution. I also recommend checking out the Organization Fair and the Alternative Organization fair to learn about the one hundred-plus Student Government Association organizations on campus, and countless other non-SGA recognized orgs Emerson has to offer. If joining student organizations is not your thing, or does not work with your schedule, do not worry, the classes at Emerson are primarily discussion based and highly collaborative, so getting to know your classmates is easy. The kind of uncertainty you may be feeling is incredibly valid, but Emerson is a very accepting community, and you will find your home here, too.
Your message to the families of our new students: This is as big a transition for you as it is for your new student, and any of the spectrum of emotions you may be feeling, any of your questions which you want answered, and any of the concerns you may have are all real and valid. It can be scary, intimidating, exhilarating, or even exhausting dropping off your new student at Emerson, but please know that the eight members of Core Staff and the Orientation program advisors spent an entire year planning this program. They all worked incredibly hard to make Orientation Week fun, informative, helpful, and most important, comfortable, for all students; program advisors are readily accessible to new students, an Orientation Leaders have been trained in college policy, and are truly, genuinely excited to be a friendly face to new students in their first few weeks at Emerson. There is also a specific member of Core Staff dedicated to answering parent/family/loved one concerns, and designed the Parent Orientation program to help address some of your questions. No information is presented during Parent Orientation that isn’t easily accessible on Emerson’s website, but it is a wonderful opportunity to speak to students, faculty, and staff about our personal Emerson experience. Take a deep breath, and remember, Family Weekend is in October.
Me in 3 words: Doing my best
Activities At Emerson College: Student Government Association, Class of 2019 Class Council, Emertainment Monthly, Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards, Green Gala, Sustainability Committee
Emerson/Boston Favorites: ArtsEmerson, the Campus Center, Boston Opera House, the Public Garden, Newbury Street, the North End (pastries!!!)
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Moving in the new students and getting to see the excitement when students/families arrive on-campus for orientation!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Participate in as much as you can and put yourself out there! Also remember to only do what you’re comfortable with, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a bit.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Texting is so important, and Google Hangouts is a beautiful way to stay in touch and also get some face-to-face interaction.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Don’t stress! Making friends seems so hard, but a lot of people are in the same boat that you are. Putting yourself out there makes a big difference. Signing up for organizations that really interest you is a great way to meet like-minded individuals, and a great way to find these organizations is to go to the Org Fair!!
Your message to transfer students: Welcome to Emerson! We are so lucky to have you, and although your journey here may not have been the same as everyone else's, you can still make the most of it! There is nothing holding you back from embracing your talents and skills; you are now an Emersonian, no matter what.
Your message to the families of our new students: Don’t see this as an ending--it’s the beginning of a new journey for your new student! Trust them. Emerson is a great community; they’re in good hands!
Me in 3 words: Coffee. Snarky. President.
Activities At Emerson College: WERS, Sweet Tooth Animation, Emerson Game Developers Club
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The music scene around Boston is amazing. So many different artists stop by Boston on tours and there are a lot of local bands as well. Other than that I love the ability to take a train ride half an hour and be completely outside the city, it’s very relaxing outside of Boston.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Meeting new people, it’s always great to come back every semester to make new friends every time.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Really try your best to step outside of your comfort zone and go to everything that is offered to you here at Emerson, even if it’s only one thing that you normally wouldn’t do.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I give them a call every once in a while, not often enough to annoy them but occasionally if I have really good news or if a lot of time has passed. When I have free time I try to spend as of it talking with my friends as possible.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Be yourself and do things that you find interesting, people will be friends with people who have similar connections like that.
Your message to transfer students: Try to enjoy yourself at Emerson because it will probably be one of the more unique college experiences you will have in your life. Take advantage of everything that Emerson has to offer to you.
Your message to the families of our new students: Emerson is such an amazing school and it's in one of the best and safest cities in the U.S. I have no doubt that they will enjoy their time here at Emerson.
Me in 3 words: Quiet. Friendly. Adaptable.
Activities At Emerson College: Student Government Association (Vice Treasurer 2014-15, CSD senator 2016-17), Class of 2018 Class Council (Treasurer 2016-present), POWER (CSD senator 2016-present), The Emersonian Yearbook (Treasurer/Graphics Assistant 2016, Editor-In-Chief 2016-present), NSSHLA (2015-present), ASL Emerson (2014- present), Newman (2014-present), Volunteer/Research Assistant at FACE Lab (2016-present), Kasteel Well Program (Fall 2015), Orientation Leader (Fall 2016), Orientation Core Staff (2016-2017)
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Boston: Love getting pastries in the north end and walking through the city with friends to take pictures, especially of the sunset.
Emerson: Going to EME events for the free stuff and fun atmosphere. Also, the fact we have a ball pit. I also love going to Bright Screenings since we get to watch movies and hear other people’s thoughts on the film.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: I love move in day since there's a wide range of emotions. You get to see all the OL's fully energized and happy, dancing around in crazy fun clothes meanwhile there's all the sentimental goodbye's between kids and parents. From my Orientation, I remember being surprised by the dance at the welcome night and just falling in love and truly welcomed to Emerson, so finally being a part of it really made me happy and just really excited to welcome all the new students.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: It's alright to not go to the all events during Orienation if you need to take some time to rest. Sure, it'd be great if you can go, but don't stress yourself out on going to every meeting, you're supposed to enjoy your week here and get to meet new people. You can always ask someone that you know who did go what they talked about or send an email to the presenter for a copy of their presentation and ask questions. Just know that your Orientation friends may not be your main group of friends later on, and it's completely alright. This also applies during the school year; take some time for yourself to rest when you need to.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I try to call them or Facebook message them a couple times a week to see how things are going. I know that they are busy and they know that I'm busy. It's really great to share photos so everyone back home knows that I'm surviving and can see what I am up to. Ever since studying abroad and not really being able to use my phone I’ve used Facebook messenger a lot and low-key find it so odd to actually send a text message instead.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Get out of your room and try to hang out in the common rooms on your floor or building. Take a walk around the city while it's still really nice out. Talk to all of your roommates and grab a meal with them. Also, it's alright that your orientation friends may not be your main group of friends later on during the school year.
Your message to transfer students: Get involved with orgs on campus and share your view of things. You have a chance to share how things were run at your previous school and see how things could benefit here with a few changes/new ideas. You have the freedom to do anything/everything here just as well, so don’t worry about coming in to a new group, everyone is really welcoming.
Your message to the families of our new students: Your child(ren) is/are going to have an incredible time here at Emerson. (Yes child[ren], because let’s face it, you will still always call your student your child and baby no matter how much taller and grown up they may be.) The amount of creativity and hard work they will go through will all be rewarding in the end. This is a wonderful and safe place. Don't be afraid to call all the time, it might be a bit annoying to them at first, but it can really make their day just hearing your voice. Also, know that they will always call for advice on how to cook for themselves, do laundry, and deal with banking. They will always want to come home to see their family.
Me in 3 words: Bubbly, Dedicated, Patient
2017-2018 Undergraduate Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: Orientation, Talent Producer for The 36th Annual EVVY Awards, Secretary of Zeta Phi Eta, Student Ambassador, Desk Assistant in Paramount
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The Esplanade, The Seaport
Favorite Thing About Orientation: My favorite thing about the Orientation Program is that it brings together such a diverse group of Emersonians to welcome new students.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Try to not be hesitant about anything- remain open minded in regards to the orientation events. They are all meant for you to meet other new students, in a comfortable atmosphere, so then you’re not just thrown into college without a transition period. This week is set aside for new students to acclimate themselves. I recommend maintaining a positive attitude and go into every event knowing we’re all here (OLs, Core Staff and Advisors) to welcome you and make you feel the support you’ll have from the Emerson community.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Texting and Facebook!!! I have a group chat with my family and friends from back home where we send quick messages to check in on each other and to share what is happening in our lives. Also, with my parents I call them about once a week.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Join activities on campus! This is the best way to meet people with the same interests. Don’t be afraid to join an organization that you have no experience with- they are all meant to provide work for you to gain experience and develop as an individual. I have made some of my very close friends through the work I have done here on campus.
Your message to transfer students: We know changing schools can be scary and being the new one on campus can also be intimidating, however, having you move in early along with the other new students allows you to also acclimate to your new environment. Here at Emerson everyone is very kind and welcoming- take this orientation week as a time for you to figure out your desires here on campus.
Your message to the families of our new students: Try not to worry! Having a new student leave home for the first time can be challenging, however know that while they’re here at Emerson they will grow into the strong, well rounded individual they are meant to be. Our school fosters such a supportive community that your new student can find their niche.
Me in 3 words: Reliable, Extra, Food
2017-2018 Undergraduate International Pre-Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: WECB, WERS, Orientation Program, OISA (Junior Coordinator)
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Beard Papa, Bon Chon, Shabu Zen, H-Mart, Walker 10
Favorite Thing About Orientation: I love meeting new students from all over the world and introducing them to the Emerson community.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience. There are so many events that you don’t want to miss during orientation. These events will allow you to meet new faces and learn more about what Emerson has to offer. So I would try my best to attend as many events as possible.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I make sure to call/text my parents at least twice a week. WeChat is the best.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? I made most of my friends in class, because starting a conversation with someone is so difficult for me. It’s ok to take your time and do whatever it takes to make yourself comfortable. Remember, it’s never about the quantity.
Your message to transfer students. You are an Emersonian now. Welcome and we are so excited to have you here.
Your message to the families of our new students. It's time for your new student to fly and thrive, so love and support them as much as you could. But don’t forget, they cannot fly without enough space.
Me in 3 words: Adaptability, Connectedness, Positivity
Activities At Emerson College: Social Media Specialist, The Evvy Awards; Marketing Director, Your Magazine Emerson; Student Ambassador Supervisor, Emerson College Visitor's Center
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Maria’s Taqueria, The North End, Newbury Street
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Everyone you meet is so open and friendly, whether it be OL’s, returning students, or incoming students! I’ve formed several close friendships through the program with people from every corner of Emerson.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Try to push yourself out of your comfort zone a bit during Orientation. Being in a new environment can be intimidating, but you will find that embracing the change and all the good comes with it can be incredibly rewarding.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? We’re so lucky to live in a time where technology has made it so simple to communicate with people all over the world. Whether it be my family in another state or friends who are abroad, I generally use social media to keep up with everyone!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? You’re not alone! Everyone else is just as nervous/scared/excited/eager/etc. as you are, so put yourself out there if you’re comfortable. Whether it be fellow new students or current students, more often than not people are open to meeting new people! That’s what college is for, after all!
Your message to transfer students: We sincerely hope you have a smooth and successful transition to Emerson. Take advantage of all of the resources and unique opportunities Emerson has to offer and you’ll see growth in no time.
Your message to the families of our new students: This is a time of major transition for your student, and Emerson has so, so, SO many measures in place to aid in success. The level of passion I see in students’ hard work every day makes me proud to be growing with this community every single day.
Me in 3 words: Vibrant, Sincenre, Dynamic