Reflections of Summer Orientation 2011

July 28th, 2011 by tstjohn

Chelsea Naylor is an incoming Marine Biology major from Troy, NY who recently participated in Summer Orientation!

Hello fellow Nor’Easters! My name is Chelsea Naylor, I’m a Marine Biology major at the University of New England and an incoming. I’m super stoked about coming to UNE in the fall. I attended the third orientation this year, June 27th through the 29th, and did a Trailblazer on the 30th. This alone pumped me up for my coming year at UNE.

I’m sure you’re thinking “How could something like an orientation pump you up for college? There’s that math placement test you have to take, and all you do is sit and listen to people the entire time… that’s boring”. Well, you’re wrong in that sense because here at UNE, they do it A WHOLE lot different.

When I first arrived on campus, I’m not going to lie, I was terrified. I was about to bunk with people in residence halls and meet new people that I’d never met in my entire life. I wondered if they’d like me, or what they’d think of me. I walked through the doors of the Campus Center, incoming students and Orientation Leaders filled the room. I just thought “Okay Chels, you can do this. You got this”. I went through the sign in process and collected my multiple papers and folders, took a photo for my UNE student ID, received a name tag, and a key to get into Avila & my room.

I walked to the residence hall building, the building towering above me, suit case in one hand, sleeping bag and pillow in another. I was on the third floor. I finally arrived at my room. My roommate already had her things in the room but she wasn’t there. “Okay” I thought, “You’ve made it this far, no turning back now”. I’ll tell you one thing, I’m sure glad I didn’t.

My floor, Avila Third, welcomed me with open arms. I’m a really shy person and can be socially awkward if I don’t know someone. However, my floor really helped me to just relax and enjoy Orientation for what it was, to get to know students and to get to know my school. So, I really can’t thank my Avila Third Floor enough!

After I fought through my shyness and my socially awkwardness, I really began to enjoy the Orientation experience, and used it to its full potential! Below are a few things that I learned while at Orientation. Enjoy!:

1. The Orientation Leaders are there to help you! So use them to your advantage and ask questions like there’s no tomorrow.

2.  All the Orientation Leaders; they are only the coolest people ever, so don’t be shy and just let lose.

3.  The Trailblazer programs are A MUST. Okay, they may not be for everyone but I HIGHLY recommend them!

4.  I found UNE has just about EVERYTHING anyone could ever want in a college. It’s a small school, the people here genuinely care about you, there’s A LOT to do while on campus, & who doesn’t like a nice view of the Saco?

5.  Pterodactyl is my new favorite game.

6.  You can fit 17 people in a dorm room… you may not have a lot of space between you and the person sitting next to you, but its do able!

7.  Don’t be afraid to be you, people are there to get to know YOU, not somebody you’re not.

8.  Make an impression!

9.  Do something during Campus Blowout. I don’t care if you go to that dance, play volleyball (or Nuke Em’) on the volleyball court, or go to the cardio class. DO SOMETHING.

10.  There are all kinds of people out there. Get to know them, you’ll want to. Trust me.

11.  At UNE you’re accepted, no matter who you are, what you are, or where you’re from.

Those are just a few of the things I’ve come to know about my new “home”, so to speak. I’m super excited about the Fall Semester and can’t wait to begin! Thank you UNE for showing me what you’re all about & I hope to see most of you reading this next fall!

Advice for Transfer Students

July 15th, 2011 by tstjohn

Hey fellow Transfers! My name is Beth Paey and I am an Orientation Leader for this summer’s 2011 Transfer Orientation! I am going to be a second semester sophomore; and first off let me start by saying that we all have something in common. We’re transfer students to UNE!

I want to welcome all of you to the UNE community, and to talk about life as a transfer student at UNE. I transferred from a school much different from UNE- in fact a school in a different country, France.When I went to my transfer orientation this past January, I was nervous and had no idea what to expect. I jumped into a completely new community- and found something pretty amazing..

Life at UNE as a transfer- the transition, making friends, etc, couldn’t have been any easier because of my orientation experience and the great community that surrounds UNE. I feel at home at UNE, I feel like a Nor’Easter, I feel welcome. At orientation during my first days I made quick friends with everyone around me, and those friends made my first semester at UNE easy, and comfortable. My roommate, the people on my floor, in my classes, everyone was welcoming and friendly. And in just a matter of weeks, I had familiar faces, I felt comfortable making my way on campus, I had a routine, and I had school that felt like home. I no longer felt like a transfer, but like someone who belonged at UNE, but didn’t get it right the first time!

Your orientation to UNE is fast approaching, and I want to encourage everyone to be open minded and ready to have fun. We’ve got a great team for you, and my goal is to make your transfer orientation as successful and beneficial as mine was. At your orientation, the people around you will understand your transition and your struggles better than anyone else. So let them in; to be friends, to talk, to help, to have fun. Welcome to UNE my fellow Nor’Easters! I’m excited to meet you all soon!