Orientation Core Staff
Lina B., 2015-2016 Undergraduate Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: Emerson Stage, The EVVY Awards, Emertainment Monthly, Emerson College Quidditch (Park Street Pulverizers), Dive In Productions, Emerson Dance Company, Emerson Cabaret
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The Quiet Study Lounge in Piano Row is a little haven on the Emerson campus: it's a great place to get studying done, or take a little nap. The Greenway by the North End is a great park to visit year-round: it's a little pocket of greenery and a nice place to sit with friends.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Orientation is a time when the whole school comes together to celebrate the start of a new year, and everyone shows the pride of being an Emersonian. Because all of Emerson is together, Orientation sparks a kind of cross-discipline friendship and collaboration that exists long after the Org Fair. It’s the time when the new students are beginning to figure out what they can achieve in their time here, and any idea can exist in infinite possibility.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Orientation is all about you. Go to events that interest you and you’ll find all of the great resources Emerson can provide.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Skype is my favorite way to talk to anyone who isn't at Emerson. I Skype my parents, my sisters, and my friends at other colleges. It's a great way to talk face to face. My sisters and I send each other silly Snapchats to stay in contact.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Join organizations and attend events you're interested in: people who have the same interests as you can become great friends and collaborators. Talk to people who aren't in your major, because friends outside of your field can be a great rock to keep you in reality.
Your message to transfer students: Unlike many schools, Emerson’s students are on an even-playing field. It doesn't matter how you got to Emerson, only that you are here now. People at Emerson are always meeting new people and making friends, and if you show passion for your interests, you will succeed.
Your message to the families of our new students: Welcome to Emerson: because you are the family of our new students, you are just as much a part of what makes Emerson great. The Emerson Community is such a great group of people, but none of us would be where we are without our families, though we may not always admit it. Thank you for helping your new student become the great success they will be here at Emerson.
Me in 3 words: Positive, Thoughtful, Hedgehog
Activities At Emerson College: Greek Life, Kidding Around
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Bova's, a 24 hour bakery in the North End!
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Dancing in the Cutler Majestic!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to any of the Orientation activities that interest you regardless of what the other people you have met are doing. You are likely to find more people at these activities that are a lot like you and they will expand your horizons for your activities to pursue through your Emerson career.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I call my parents a couple of times a week! It can sometimes get a little hard to keep in touch but you'll find that once you get into the swing of things, it's totally possible to stay connected with your friends and family!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Everyone's in the same boat as you! Don't put too much pressure on yourself because everyone is just as scared as you! People are friendly! You'll be surprised how many friends you can make by just simply saying hi!
Your message to transfer students: Transferring can be stressful but you've made the right choice coming to Emerson!
Your message to the families of our new students: Your students are in good hands here!
Me in 3 words: I love pandas.
Activities At Emerson College: I am Co- Founder and current Member of A Choired Taste on Campus. I am Vice President of Kidding Around, Emerson’s Undergraduate Theatre for Young Audiences. I am an actor and have taken part in student and Main Stage productions. I am a new member of the Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta.
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The trident café on Newbury Street is DELICIOUS!!! They are not that expensive either great for college students. Dumpling café is a great place to get a late night snack if needed. Make sure to use the buddy system though if you are running out late at night. The quiet lounge in piano row is the most amazing place to take naps. It is truly a life saver. There are so many organizations! Try something new! You never know what you are going to learn by trying something new.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: I loved meeting new people!!!! Hooray was a great event to do this and I definitely recommend taking part in it.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to any event that slightly peaks your interest. You will never know what you might discover about yourself during Orientation!
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I really use social media to stay in contact with a lot of my friends. I also call my family once every two days or so just to check in.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Be yourself! People want to know you for you. Also, go to as many Orientation Events as possible. That is where you can meet more people!Be yourself! People want to know you for you. Also, go to as many Orientation Events as possible. That is where you can meet more people!
Your message to transfer students: Welcome to Emerson! We are excited to have you. We understand transferring schools might be a little difficult but if you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.We are so glad you found Emerson.
Your message to the families of our new students: We are so excited to get to work with your new students! Emerson is an amazing creative space. If you have any questions please let us know!
Me in 3 words: Motivated, Caring, Adaptive.
Activities At Emerson College: President of the improv troupe, This is Pathetic, Member of Zeta Phi Eta, Host and Head Writer for Closing time, Behind the Scenes Host of the EVVY Awards, Emerson Tour Guide and CHOICES Counselor.
Some of my favorite things about Boston are: the sense of community, Dunkin Donuts, the weather (especially Fall), the Boston accent, the shows (especially the Blue Man Group), and the Institute of Contemporary Art.Emerson/Boston Favorites: Some of my favorite things about Boston are: the sense of community, Dunkin Donuts, the weather (especially Fall), the Boston accent, the shows (especially the Blue Man Group), and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: The excitement. I have not seen the excitement that comes from Orientation topped by anything else. Everyone is so incredibly happy to be here and it shows even from the most introverted students. There is a love and a passion associated with Emerson and especially with Orientation. I can't help but smile just thinking about it.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zones. This is a great time to meet other people and reach out to students you don’t know. But most importantly: Be Yourself! This is a rule for all throughout life but especially during Orientation. Don't pretend to be someone you are not. Emerson is an open and welcoming place and we will love you for who you are. You were chosen for a reason and you belong at Emerson. Let us see the beautiful, real you!
Your message to transfer students. It isn't easy adjusting to a brand new school, having to make new friends, etc. But just be open-minded and friendly and you should have no problem. Get involved in organizations that interest you and you will make friends there also. And there are special Orientation events for transfer students to meet other transfer students. So check those out!
Your message to the families of our new students. Don't worry! Everyone at Emerson is dedicated to helping your student succeed and feel welcome. They are going to have fun and learn a lot here. You have helped your student make a great decision in choosing Emerson and now comes the tough part- leaving them. But know that there are so many resources on campus to help your student.
Me in 3 words: Coffee. Sarcasm. Writer.Coffee. Sarcasm. Writer.
Activities At Emerson College: Orientation Core Staff, Kappa Gamma Chi, Conduct Board, Emerson Rebranding Committee, Peer Mentor Program, Student Government Association, Family Weekend Planning Committee, and World Cup Quidditch!
Emerson/Boston Favorites: The chicken tenders at the Max Café, the cubicles in the library, desserts in the North End, brunch at the Top of the Hub, and seeing concerts at the Paradise!
Favorite Thing About Orientation: The Intro Show and seeing new students realize how many opportunities they are going to have at Emerson!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Even if you don't know anybody going to an event, if it interests you, go anyway! You will connect with so many people just by taking little risks.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? I text or call my parents and friends every day. I also use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Skype to keep in touch :)
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? But also take your time! You don't have to meet your best friend for life the first day of Orientation!
Your message to transfer students: Don't limit yourself by just attending events geared for transfers! Definitely go to those, but Emerson's orientation events are for every type of new student. You may think you've done it all before, but trust me, orientation at Emerson is unique and unforgettable.
Your message to the families of our new students: Your new student is in GREAT hands. They have a community of over 3,000 people supporting them in whatever they decide to do, and the orientation leaders are here to help every step of the way! Your student will not forget about you– they'll just have amazing stories to tell the next time that they come home.
Me in 3 words: Laughing Loyal Pugs
Activities At Emerson College: Orientation Men's Lacrosse Emerson Channel Sports Emerson Channel Sports Marketing EIV's Unsportsmanlike Conduct Max Mutchnick Campus Center
Emerson/Boston Favorites: I love the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park on game day is one of the most electric places I've seen.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: My favorite thing about orientation is easily move in. You see all different reactions from students and their families, friends, guardians or cab drivers and it feels very special to be part of the first thing they see at Emerson.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Go to every event! You'll get to meet new people, see new things, and discover what you want to do while you're here.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? The internet is a wonderful thing. I can keep group chats going constantly with all of my friends and family. Also, Snapchat is one of the most fun ways to stay connected.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Get involved. If you join a group that interests you, you'll meet other people who share your interests!
Your message to transfer students: Emerson will be nothing like your previous school, in a good way of course. Attend every possible orientation program, especially transfer tuesday, get involved, and it'll be easy to fall in love with Emerson
Your message to the families of our new students: Your student is about to have one of the greatest experiences of their life. No matter what they decide to do with it, everyone needs support from their loved ones.
Me in 3 words: I like everything
Activities At Emerson College: I work as a Student Manager at the IT Help Desk at Emerson. I'm also heavily involved in lots of student film sets on campus. I specialize in Production Design and doing art team work. I have done a lot of sets especially for the National Broadcasting Society, which is one of the film organizations on campus.
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Follow BostonSOS and Banditos Misteriosos on Facebook! They organize some seriously cool events in Boston that are open to all ages! And by seriously cool, I mean seriously fun.
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Talking to those new students who are shy/introverted and seeing them come out of their shell. It’s an amazing feeling knowing you made them feel comfortable enough to share their passions to a group of strangers.
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Read the orientation schedule and know which events you want to go to. That way, you won't end up missing out on something you wish you'd known about earlier. Also, ask orientation leaders to explain some of the events to you. There is more to an event than just a 20 word description, and orientation leaders know exactly which events have the free food.
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? My parents love seeing pictures so I am always texting them photos of my room, my friends, what I'm eating for dinner, etc. It let’s them know what I'm up to, and it makes them feel like they are there with me at college which puts them at ease.
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Be yourself. Don't pretend to be someone else just because you're desperate to make friends as soon as possible. Just be honest with yourself, and you will be truly happy with the people who you will end up surrounding yourself with.
Your message to transfer students: Get involved! Find something you're interested in (doesn't have to be related to your major) and you'll meet people who have the same passions as you. We are also located in the city of Boston! Sign up for yoga classes in the city, or get involved with the November project. Volunteer for the community, or frequent some cafe’s. Attend some small concerts, or go visit the aquarium. If you get yourself out there, you are bound to make a friend somewhere along the way!
Your message to the families of our new students: You've truly done a great job so far. Just remember that this may be one of the biggest changes of their lives, so remind them that you are there for them if they need advice, comfort, money, and care. It takes time getting used to living on your own, so let them try things out, and help them out if they ask for it.
Me in 3 words: Appreciative, Curious, and Sarcastic
Victoria M., 2015-2016 International Pre-Orientation Chair
Activities At Emerson College: Rarework Theatre Company Emerson Peace and Social Justice PRIDE Mercutio Troupe
Emerson/Boston Favorites: Thinking Cup Life Alive
Favorite Thing About Orientation: Hooray!!!
Your words of advice to a new Emerson student on making the most of their orientation experience: Look at the schedule, highlight the ones that look the most interesting and the ones you know you need to know more about and grab a few suitemates or floor mates and have a blast during the events!
What do you do to stay connected to your friends and family? Sending cute photos of activities you're up to is the best way to tell someone what you're up to. Also, give your guardians a call one a week. Even a 3 minute conversation can make them happy sometimes!
What advice can you give to new students on making friends? Don't be afraid, they are just as afraid as you are!
Your message to transfer students: Join some groups and don't be afraid to ask someone's name-it goes a long way!
Your message to the families of our new students: Sometimes a surprise package in the mail goes a long way.
Me in 3 words: Caring, Fairy, Passionate