Not all of the activities we did during the Orientation Team Retreat were easy. There were some very challenging activities, including the high ropes course in the picture. Students were asked to climb a fifty foot pole and jump trying to catch a triangle swing. A lot of the students were afraid of heights so this activity taught them trust, respect, and courage. It was so encouraging watching students take risks and be vulnerable. This was my favorite activity to watch because the team worked together through encouragement and support and got through this activity as a team. This was also a very interesting activity to film.
As part of my internship I will be making and editing a video for the Orientation Team to use in years to come not only what students will do on the team, but this video will be played at Orientations next year as well. It will be an interactive video with interviews, interactions on Orientation days, and lots of fun. I will video on the retreat, during days and nights of Orientations, and just the daily duties that go along with Orientation. I am really excited about this video, and even more exciting that I have access to all the resources I need to make a professional video. The NPACE center has high quality video equipment, as well as up to date editing software on Macs, so I know my video has amazing potential. I plan on it being around 20 minutes, which is a lot longer than the videos I edited for Dr. Hart’s Video Production 1 class. That kind of excites me though. I enjoy editing film and I’m glad to have this opportunity through my internship.
There are a lot of emotions running through everyone’s mind at the end of training week. People are nervous about having to know all of this information and to be able to relate it with confidence to the Freshmen and Parents coming to summer orientations. People are excited to surround themselves around new people and make a lot of new connections, Some of the team is just there, and doesn’t feel any certain way. I know that the three Head Leaders (myself included) are so pumped and ready for Orientations to begin. We have been teaching our Student and Parents Teams since February and we feel that this team is going to do an amazing job and that every Freshman and Parent coming through this summer will feel that they are at home.
The last week in May the Orientation Team met every day from 9-3 to train and educate themselves for the upcoming Orientation Season. Everyone was in good spirits (especially since lunch was provided everyday). Throughout the week the team heard from several department heads on campus and gathered information to take to the incoming Freshmen and their parents at Orientation.
One of my favorite guest speakers was from the Degree Works program. This is a brand new program and the incoming Freshmen will be the first to try it out. This program will allow students to look up their projected Graduation date, calculate their GPA, and look up classes they need to take and when they need to take them. This is going to be like a one-stop-shop for students, and I’m sure will answer a lot of questions they would normally have to ask elsewhere. I think the incoming Freshmen will be very excited to learn about this. I only wish it was around when I was a Freshman.
This summer, I will be completing an internship as the Head Parent leader for the CSU orientation team. I started my internship in May and at the end of training week every year, the orientation team goes on an out-of-town weekend retreat. This year we went to a 4-H camp called Camp Chandler in Wetumpka, Alabama.
For most of the team, it was a culture shock. We were deep in the woods – sleeping in two rooms with twenty bunk beds. It was such a fun trip and we did a lot of team building and exciting exercises that made us bond as a team. I was able to borrow some equipment from the NPACE Center so I could film the retreat for a video project. I filmed the group being blindfolded in the woods and having to complete an obstacle course based on the person in front of us. The activity taught us communication skills, leadership, and trust. Also, I was able to film was probably my favorite thing we did that entire weekend. We, as a team, had to lift everyone over a 15 foot wooden wall. This footage is going to be an awesome part of the video and I can’t wait to see how it turned out.
Our orientation group!