Welcome Back to Hope: Orientation 2012

Wow! I can hardly believe that I am already back at Hope College
for my junior year. Time goes by so fast when you’re having fun – and I’ve
certainly had fun at Hope! However, as fast
as time has gone, I still remember my first weekend on Hope’s campus. In fact,
I loved Orientation Weekend so much my freshman year that I volunteered to be
an Orientation Assistant this year…. It was truly an experience 🙂

Orientation, for me, started the Tuesday before the freshmen moved in. After a long drive up from Texas with my family, I arrived ready to meet the fabulous students in my OA group. But, before I could meet
them I had to go through some training. Training may sound a little boring but
it was actually pretty interesting and fun. I learned some new facts about Hope and got
to play some ice breakers with other OAs in my training group.

While being an OA, you have the opportunity to participate
in some fun activities. My personally favorite is the lip sync contest. My
group, lip syncing Titanium, came in second place in the contest which was pretty exciting! However, as great as our song was, I think my favorite lip sync number was choreographed to I Whip My Hair – I must say, it was truly inspiring.

So, if any of you are planning to attend Hope (or you
already attend Hope) I would strongly encourage you to apply to be an OA next
year. If the idea of performing in a lip sync, going through training, participating in awkward ice breakers, hanging out
with friends, and meeting and welcoming the
most amazing college freshman doesn’t make you to want to sign up to be an OA then maybe
these reasons will help convince you:

Top Five Reasons to Become an OA

  1. Participation in a refrigerator carrying contest
  2. Making door decorations and compete for the best door decoration
  3. Doing laundry with you friends every night just to wash your one and only OA shirt
  4. Showing parents that Hope is a great place and their son/daughter will be safe
    here
  5. Being the
    first to explain the traditions that make Hope College
    the place it is

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Photo Credits: Jordan Mejaly

Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!