Since fall has officially begun, I had to reminisce about the summer. I had the best summer ever to be honest. After school ended, I had a whole month off to do absolutely nothing and that is exactly what I did. I slept at whatever time I wanted and got up as I pleased. July was when my summer got even better, because orientation leader training began.
Training was basically two weeks of therapy with 17 people who kind of knew each other. It started with writing in journals about our goals for orientation, to us talking about our inspirations in life, and basically ended with us hysterically crying about songs that meant a lot us. I will admit, I hate crying and I was the first person to cry while playing my song, so that was all my fault.
But after that we went from this
It’s crazy how much you can bond with people when you all have the same goal in mind: to make orientation the best it can be. Every week there was something new to handle. From rowdy kids, to extremely quiet kids, and some super creepy kids. Some how all those “serious” situations became funny jokes and memes.
Orientation taught me how to deal with all types of personalities, while still smiling and being cordial. My improvisation skills also improved when schedules didn’t go as planned. Finally, keeping control of a large group of people is very difficult, so establishing roles and making a plan is key.
I loved orientation so much and I hope I can do it again next year!