The Places You’ll Go: MSJ Freshman Orientation 2012

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Katie M. Donovan

File Under: freshman, fye, orientation

The MSJ Freshman Orientation sessions have finished for the summer and the students and First Year Experience (FYE) Staff have deemed it a success.

Every year, the FYE team at the College of Mount St. Joseph puts on three orientation sessions throughout the summer; one in June, another in July and the last in August. This year, the College welcomed the graduating class of 2016.

One of the Mount’s new students, Josh Harness, took part in one of the jungle themed orientations this summer. He explained that he chose the Mount because it has a great learning disability program, EXCEL, and he is able to participate in athletics here.

When asked about his experience at orientation, Harness says that he “enjoyed getting to meet new people and learning about the school.”  In the words of Harness, it was very “exciting.”

Camille Chiappone, a junior history major at the College, had the privilege of taking part in FYE’s orientation as one of two co-ops for the second year in a row.

When asked why the Mount’s orientation is different from all of the rest, Chiappone explained, “We have small groups and activities. Our sessions are broken up and there are lots of opportunities to meet new students and OL’s (orientation leaders).”

Seeing it all come together and new students enjoying it were among Chiappone’s favorite things about orientation.

Chiappone also shared why the Mount’s orientation sessions are unique. “We try our best to get the faculty and staff and student leaders involved. It gets students to attach faces to the names, start building connections and getting to know people.”

Finally, when asked to describe the freshman orientation sessions in one word, Camille replied with a smile, “FUN. And that’s to be written in all caps.”