Last spring semester, I was nominated by my academic adviser to be an orientation leader. I applied, completed two interviews and got selected! Before the beginning of this semester, I did a three-day orientation leader training with the other leaders in September. In the trainings, we went to a camp and learned some team building activities. We also learned more about Bennington College and were given advice on how to be good orientation leaders. But the best part was that I had the chance to talk to and meet fellow Bennington students who I had never interacted with before!
I was an orientation leader for four days. I had 12 students in my orientation group -- three international students and nine domestic students. I was very excited to be the first person the new students met because I wanted to be a good example to them and help them have a smooth transition in their first week at Bennington. My role as an orientation leader was to help them get to events they were supposed to attend, answer any questions they had and give them a campus tour.
I learned a lot as an orientation leader. A lot of people depended on me, so I learned how to pay attention to details and make sure that my participants were where they needed to be at all times. I became more punctual, and I made new friends. I loved being an orientation leader and I'd do it again!