Trailblazer Programs

May 25th, 2011 by tstjohn

Ryan Keith is the Traiblazer in the Community Orientation Advisor. Contact Ryan at or by calling 207-602-2885

Hey Nor’easters! My name is Ryan Keith and I am Orientation Advisor for the Trailblazer in the Community Program at UNE. I am going to be a Senior and I have been involved with the Trailblazer program every year, either as an incoming student or as an Orientation Leader. The deadline to sign up for Trailblazers is fast approaching (May 31) and I wanted to tell you guys more about it.

The Trailblazer Program is an additional piece to traditional orientation. Each of the Trailblazer programs is made up of a small group of incoming students and Orientation Leaders. This provides a great opportunity to connect with a small group of people instead of trying to connect with a couple hundred. There are also different options for the Trailblazer programs. There is the Trailblazer Outdoor program where guides and students can go either biking, kayaking, camping, or canoeing all while enjoying the great outdoors of Maine! The Trailblazer in the Community program participates in different types of community service in the surrounding areas of UNE. We help out at nursing homes, soup kitchens, trails, the recreation department, animal shelters, and show what the surrounding communities of Biddeford and Southern Maine have to offer.

The Trailblazer programs are a great option for students who want a little extra in their orientation experience. I participated in the Trailblazers in the Community program as an incoming student and it was one of the best decisions my mom made for me. Yes my mom made me come to do community service, but mothers always know best! I am still in contact with many of my peers who also went through the program and this experience has helped my throughout my college career. I am now and Orientation Advisor, the President of Rotaract, and well known leader on campus because of the Trailblazer program.

So remember to sign up if you are interested or if you would like, you can email me or call me at (207)602-2885 and ask me a little about the program or my experience with the Trailblazer program. Can’t wait to see you guys in June!

You can learn more about the Trailblazer programs and register by going to

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Preparing for Summer Orientation

May 17th, 2011 by tstjohn

Nick Durand is a 2nd year Nursing student from Swansea, MA

Hey everyone. My name’s Nick Durand and I’m going to be a second year nursing student. When I went to Orientation last summer, it was the first time I had really been on my own, away from home. I had some doubts about what it was going to be like. I had heard from some of my friends who had gone to other Orientations at other school about how awful it was and how boring it was. Everyone said it was going to be filled with people talking at us. They could not have been more wrong. The first day I was there I met a couple of people who like me, liked volleyball. That night we all met up and played volleyball with a bunch of people until one in the morning! And don’t think you will ever be bored. There is always something to do, even if its hanging out and playing games in the lounge with the people on your floor. Orientation was probably the highlight of my summer. As soon as I got home, I started a countdown as to how many days were left until I got to go back to UNE. A lot of the friends I have now, I met at Orientation. It’s definitely a time to try new things and just to be you!
Some tips:

  • Be open minded. Don’t go into Orientation with any bad ideas or assumptions.
  • Reach out to people. You will have plenty of opportunities to meet people who have similar interests. Don’t be afraid to approach new people and make friends.
  • You are not alone. All of the other students are feeling the same way you are! And remember that all of the OL’s and OA’s have gone through the same thing you are. If you have a question or need to talk, that’s what they’re there for!
  • Don’t be nervous! Well, its ok to be a little nervous but don’t let it get the best of you. Try to put it aside and HAVE FUN! You’ll get back as much as you put in!
  • I cannot wait for this summer! Being selected as an OL has made this year great and I know this summer is going to make it even better. The OL’s and OA’s really made my Orientation experience. I connected with so many of them. I hope I can help make the Orientation experience great for all of you incoming first years!!
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