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My Summer Orientation Experience

Olivia Carey is a fourth-year Journalism student.

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My Summer Orientation Experience

Olivia Carey is a fourth-year Journalism student.

Before my first year of university, I decided I wanted to do everything possible to prepare myself. I was an off-campus student living at home and wanted to be as involved in campus life as possible.

After going on several tours and attending every orientation possible, I finally decided Carleton was the place for me!

So why attend Summer Orientation after you’ve already registered and made the decision to attend Carleton?

Because it’s likely you’re coming in to university with mixed emotions. I know I was. A combination of excitement and anxiety about the transition occupied my thoughts for many months leading up to first year. Close friends I’d been hanging out with since elementary school were moving away. I was so worried about being forgotten in a big sea of people at university!

Summer Orientation helped calm my nerves in anticipation of the transition. The summer orientation leaders (the students who lead the presentations and tours throughout the day) were especially helpful in answering my questions and giving me ideas about how I could get involved at Carleton. I connected with my tour guide after hearing she was involved in Carleton’s dance team. She encouraged me to get involved with clubs and societies on campus.

I tried out for the dance team and cheer leading. I joined the journalism society and attended fall orientation. I even took some photos for the school newspaper. Getting involved turned out to be much easier than I thought!

Now I’m entering my fourth year of journalism at Carleton. I didn’t stick with everything I tried in first year – that would be crazy busy! But I’m happy to say I’m now an executive member of the journalism society and a writer for The Charlatan – Carleton’s student newspaper.

I also became a summer orientation leader this year! I am now in the position of the people I looked up to in my first year. I love connecting with new students, answering their questions and giving presentations on what Carleton has to offer.

This summer I am working on Student Affairs’ Awareness Campaigns, including the CU Don’t Know campaign which aims to raise awareness among students about safe drinking practices.

My advice for any first years coming to Carleton is to pursue your own interests. Don’t be afraid to explore new things! Take advantage of your time at Carleton. It might seem like a lot of pressure, but it’s okay to start small! Become a mentor, join a club or society or try out for a team. University is your time to find out what you like and make new connections!

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