The success of student orientation relies on the student volunteers who make up the Orientation Committee and Orientation Crew. The committee members are responsible for running their own part of the orientation schedule. Orientation Committee members are divided into five teams: Entertainment, Spirit, Health & Wellness, Education & Awareness and Logistics & Programing. Orientation Crew members arrive on campus after the committee members but before new students. Where the O-Chair sets the course for Orientation Week and the committee members help with the planning and execution, the crew members are the front line and helping hands. They welcome new students and their families on Move-In Day, they help to prep, run, and clean up events, and they pair up to lead Orientation groups. Applications for Orientation Committee and Crew are now open.
“When I think back to my first week at Mt. A, I remember feeling excited and optimistic. A proper introduction to Mt. A through university orientation is critical to ensuring a student’s happiness, sense of safety and engagement with the community. I decided to volunteer as an Orientation Committee member for the last two years as I wanted to make every incoming student feel welcomed and supported. This orientation, I wanted a little more responsibility and I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. Recognizing the importance of fun and inclusive first experiences, I particularly enjoyed taking on responsibility for the success of the Karaoke BBQ and SackVegas events. I encourage everyone to get involved with orientation to some degree while at Mt. A; it is an experience you will not forget!”
“The best part about being a member of the Orientation Committee was seeing the incoming students fall in love with Mt. A the way I did in my first year. I enjoyed Orientation so much as a first-year and as a house exec member in my second year, so this year it was cool to take part in the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the week. Also, as an upper-year student, it is sometimes more difficult to break out of your friend groups and meet new people. By volunteering with Orientation Committee I had the chance to meet more like-minded individuals that have now become some of my closest friends. Orientation over the years has succeeded in furthering my love for Mt. A and it is still my favourite time of the year. I would recommend that anyone get involved with it if they can.”