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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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  • Fearless volunteers form the backbone of Orientation Week at the University of Guelph. (Photo by Greg Beneteau)

    Fearless volunteers form the backbone of Orientation Week at the University of Guelph. (Photo by Greg Beneteau)

Written by Robert Routeledge

Orientation Week is a wonderful memory for many students. The experience of meeting your new friends, setting up a new home, and generally transitioning into a brand new moment in your life is significant.

The easiest way to help make this a great experience for new students is to be an Orientation Volunteer (OV). OVs help students move in, participate in the Pep Rally – boogie! – and then have the opportunity to spend a week building relationships with new students to help set the tone for their academic career.

There are many different ways to volunteer: you can be a regular OV, you can be an Online Group Leader and work with new students over the summer, you can be a Central OV and form the backbone of  Orientation Week , or you can take on one of the new specialized OV roles and help out in residence or by building an academic community of 30-50 new students as an Academic Community Builder!

However it is you want to contribute; a new student’s experience in Orientation Week can set the tone for the year. Faced with the choice to help shape an engaged, passionate and fun cohort of new students or sitting on the couch daydreaming about the Summer:  I hope you choose to help!

OV Applications are available on the Student Life Website.  The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5th at 4:00pm, so don’t be late!

Robert Routledge is the Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs at the University of Guelph.

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