Orientation: Behind the Scenes

The name game!

The name game!

Orientation would not have been possible without a fantastic team of peer leaders and  peer coordinators. While all the freshmen were getting ready to start their first year at Wagner College, we were busy training for orientation. Orientation is no easy week; it requires mental, social, physical, and even emotional preparation.

The obstacle course

The obstacle course

Our first day of training was something we were all a little scared of, since our peer coordinators had told us that we needed to dress to get "physical." Terrified of what we might be asked to do, we had no other choice but to do as we were told and trust them. First we did an icebreaker that was later implemented in every LC (Learning Community): the adjective-name game. As we went around describing ourselves, I realized that we were a very diverse group and that it would be a great week.

Trying not to fall

Trying not to fall

Finally it was time to get physical. All the peer leaders were taken to the back of Stage One and, surprise! There was an obstacle course. But not just any obstacle course  — it was the one the marines use for their training (ok, slightly modified).

The anchor!

The anchor!

Once we received our instructions, we were put into groups and the tasks began. Some tasks were harder than others and we learned from our mistakes, but most importantly we learned how to work as a team.

The days after the obstacle course were more formal, as we needed to get down to more serious business and "what if" scenarios. Nevertheless, the fun never stopped. All the peer leaders bonded with one another and we all became one big family.

Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunt

One day the peer leaders had to go on a scavenger hunt in Manhattan, just so we wouldn't get lost when it was our turn to go with our LCs.

During one of the final days of training we painted the anchor, and I have to say it was my favorite by far. The day after, we were all surprised to hear we were going to Six Flags! It was such a big surprise and a nice break from all the hard work we had been doing. I personally had not gone to Six Flags in over ten years, so it was a nice feeling.

LC 15 peer leaders

LC 15 peer leaders

To end our training, we were all invited to the President Guarasci's house for an ice cream social. The RAs and the peer leaders were all dressed in their best and each one of us got a chance to talk with the president and his wife. It was a very pleasing evening and we got to watch the sunset with a beautiful view. It really was an honor.

The peer leading family

The peer leading family

This was the end of our training, for the day after this was... MOVE IN DAY!

Christian Grotewold

Author: Christian Grotewold

Hi guys! I am Christian and I'm from Guatemala. I am an Arts Administration major here at Wagner College. I am also a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity, one of the HawkTalk directors, and the assistant at the Center for Intercultural Advancement. Some interesting facts about me: I love tattoos (as you can tell from one of my blog posts), my favorite book is Harry Potter (as well as movie), my favorite TV show is Game of Thrones, and I love Batman! I am a very friendly guy and you will always see me with a smile on my face.

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