Hello blog readers! This is sophomore Morgan Michalski coming at you live from the beautiful SUNY Geneseo. Now, you may be thinking “Morgan, why on earth are you spending this wonderful summer at school?” WELL, let me tell you…
I and twenty five other amazing people have decided to be the smiling bright faces that welcome incoming students to Geneseo at orientation. For the non-Geneseo student, these people are known as orientation leaders (or OLs) and if you ask me, I’d say we put the OL in coOL! Now, before I get to the part where I express my love for my staff, I want to catch you up on all the fun things we have been doing.
To start, we arrived to our first training session on the 12th of June and did many icebreakers to start (icebreakers are the games we play to get to know each other). Every day after training you would catch most of the staff on Onondaga Field tossing disc, taking way too long to explain the rules of spud, or playing an intense game of kickball in the rain. For the first two weeks of being here, it felt like I never sat down. We were constantly moving, doing bulletin boards or decorating clipboards. The moment I knew that this was going to be the most fun summer ever was when most of the staff went to watch the sunset at the gazebo and ended the night screaming/singing at the top of our lungs to any song that came to mind. We then took a trip to Fredonia for some team building, where we worked together to overcome obstacles, trust each other, and most important to me, support each other. Everyone was so supportive and had each others back. This was most present when we climbed a 12 foot wall with the help of each other to get one another up to the top. These are memories I will never forget and brought me so much closer to my team. After training for two weeks, it felt like we had known each other for years and you could tell that this group was something special.
We were all so excited for the first orientation session to start; as we tucked in our polos and straightened our name tags (the uniform is the best part of the job), you could feel the rush of nervousness and excitement. We worked so hard over the past few weeks and it was time to welcome all the new faces to Geneseo.
We have now finished the third session and we are all very sad that we have hit the halfway point, and that our summer will soon be coming to an end. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet all my new friends and I would not trade this experience for anything! Now, throughout my blog I have been referring to these people I work with as “staff,” but they are truly much more than that! Coming into this job, I would have never thought that I would be so close with this group of amazing people, or that I would be leaving with twenty five new friends. So thank you to my fellow OLs for being such wonderful people; you know the love I have for you all and I am so lucky to be apart of this family. To my volleyball peeps, I cannot wait to see you all so soon! Let’s make this a season one we won’t forget!
That’s all for now 🙂