Meet the OLs

For most of us, summer means relaxing, seeing old friends or spending long days in an office. But not so long ago, we all had a summer before our first year at BC, and this meant attending orientation. It was a first-hand experience that gave us a first impression of BC, and I think most can agree it was a pleasant experience. But none of that would be possible without the orientation leaders who work so hard to make sure incoming freshmen enjoy this experience and make the most of it. We sat down with a few of those brave souls who took on impressive roles as orientation leaders to see just how they do it.

 

Sean Haggerty

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Class of: 2014

Major: Political Science/English

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting? 

I lived in Africa.

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

The closing ceremony on Tuesday!

Why did you want to be an OL?

I wanted to be as inspiring and helpful as my Orientation Leader. To this day I still regard my OL as one of the most influential and positive people at BC, and if I can play that role in any student's life I would love it.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

Students engage in real discussions, and get to know BC from all aspects and perspectives.

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

College pressure is very real. If you can be you and not forget what is important to you, you will get the most out of your time at BC.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Engage. Be open minded. Don't be too cool to talk to new people and be excited.

 

Ceara O'Sullivan

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 Class of: 2014

Major: English/Theatre, concentration in creative writing

Hometown: Skaneateles, New York

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting?

I love triathlons and road races with my mom!

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

The skits.

Why did you want to be an OL?

I just really love BC and I want to help freshmen see how awesome their time at BC can be.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

BC orientation is not just a 3-day experience--the friends you make at orientation & the relationships you form with orientation leaders can continue all through your time at BC.

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

GO TO STUDENT ACTIVITIES DAY IN THE FALL! Sign up for clubs, sports, performance groups, publications...whatever! Just GO.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Be open-minded, be present, and try to listen when others speak. Being on your cellphone on orientation tells your classmates that they're not worth your time.

Having gone through your first sessions as OL, has the experience differed from what you thought it would be? Any surprises?

I did not realize just how hard everyone at First Year Experience works. I can confidently say that ALL of this year's OLs are giving 100% every session and are being an OL because they really, really care.

 

Isaiah Telewoda

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Class of: 2014

Major: Biology

Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting?

I have no sense of smell.

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

Plex Night 

Why did you want to be an OL?

To serve others.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

Jesuit Tradition

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

Being undeclared is a good thing.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Be open and engage.

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