Christian Conyers '18

Christian in orientation polo

Christian Conyers '18

Video Editor & Cinematographer, Galaxy Visuals

What I loved most about being an Orientation Leader was working with my fellow orientation team & feeding off of each other's positive energy to welcome the new students to IC. I also enjoyed being a guide for the new students, as the transition to college can be a hard one. My experience resulted in great friends in orientation leaders and first-year students alike!

Lisa Famularo '16

Lisa at check-in sorting nametags

Lisa Famularo '16

Career Consultant for Career Development, University of Connecticut

Being an Orientation Leader allowed me to meet individuals coming to Ithaca College for the first time from all over the world. I learned so much about individual students, their lived experiences before arriving in Ithaca, and their hopes and dreams for their college educations. The cultural competence I gained through this experience certainly prepared me for a career in higher education, as I continually meet with students with widely varying cultural backgrounds and identities. It also sparked my passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is vitally important in all careers today.

Natalie Grande '17

Natalie at microphone presenting to incoming students

Natalie Grande '17

Community Economic Development Volunteer with Peace Corps in Uganda

Being an Orientation Leader let me connect with students and family members from all over the US and the world! I use these cross cultural communication skills to facilitate activities in my community, I even use some of the ice breakers and energizers that I learned my Orientation Leader days. Being an Orientation Leader made me more comfortable in front of a crowd and taught me how to work in a team to accomplish a seemingly impossible goal. I fell in love with summer and moved to the equator.

Max Keisling '18

Max in orientation staff polo on stage

Max Keisling '18

Music Teacher

My favorite thing about being an Orientation Leader was making a connection with other students who I otherwise would have never met. Beyond the job itself, I ended up making some of my closest friends through this. Orientation helped prepare me for my career by guiding me to be self-critical. To be the best teacher I can be I need to be aware of the perspective I’m bringing in and where I can meet my students. I excel in what I do in part because of who I am and I wouldn’t be the person that I am if I wasn’t an Orientation Leader.

Sarah Loeffler '17

Sarah engaging with incoming students at orientation check-in

Sarah Loeffler '17

Graduate Student at Bowling Green State University

Serving as an Orientation Leader rocked my world! This position gave me the opportunity to help others in a whole new way and led me to find my passion in Student Affairs. The two summers I spent with this fantastic team were some of the best of my life, and I made lifelong friends and memories that I will always cherish!

Marlowe Padilla ‘16

Marlowe at microphone during orientation welcome

Marlowe Padilla ‘16

Ambassador Program Coordinator AT IES Abroad

The Orientation Leader position called for continuous collaboration among staff members, leadership, and public speaking skills. I feel that this job helped me connect with various people from different backgrounds. Now in my career, I understand how to take things one by one, and stepping up to the plate when I'm needed to. I think the best thing that the Orientation Leader position gave me was the opportunity to further develop my skills in interpersonal communication and relationship building. I am so fortunate that I got to focus on getting to really know the team. In my career, I feel that I am successful because I am able to identify the strengths of my co-workers, and seek these people when I need assistance in an area that I might struggle with, but they succeed in.