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Life as an Orientation Leader

During this summer, I was extremely busy. Being an OL, orientation leader. To be honest I did not want to be an OL. The only reason, and I mean ONLY reason why I applied is because a handful of people told me that I should do it. So, being that I have a hard time telling people know when it comes to campus activities, I did it. I went through the interview process and everything and then being Kyy I forgot to go pick up my last envelope. I got it literally 30 minutes before I could not get it. Sounds like Kyy right. So when I got it, it said I had another interview me being me I was like “Bruh nah I not ready for this my outfit not interview ready I’m not going to go.” Well I lived across the street from my university so changing clothes wasn’t the issue. I changed clothes and went to the “interview”. Now granted I am very anti-social and I’m an introvert. I am looking around the room like “yeah this a lot of people, if I don’t make it then oh well can’t say that I didn’t try”. So we had to do this activity and I was with Karli M. and they brought us this room. Little did we know what we was walking into….at that moment we were Orientation Leaders!!

Being an OL opened my eyes to a lot of different things that I never thought that I would experience as a college student. This summer I was able to meet my university president, Dr. John Crain, and we toured his house. Y'all I swear his house was like three times as big as mine. It was beautiful as the freak!! I also was able to meet and make connections with people I have never seen before. Sooo, enough of the boring stuff let's get into the nitty-gritty my Orientation Leader Team.

I was placed on a team with 27 other people. Yes, I said twenty-seven. That is a whole lot of personalities and attitudes. With Kyy that was a lot to take in. We lived on campus together next door, across the hall, etc. I honestly would have never thought that I would have grown to love my team. As much as I couldn't stand them while working with them. I actually miss them and it's only been three days since I saw them.

This was one of the BEST experiences of my college career, and I am grateful that I was able to spend it with twenty-seven other fantastic people. My team will always hold a special place in my heart. We have grown together as a team and individually. Even though we may never speak again once this completely over, I will always cherish the moments that we shared. All the laughs, tears, hate, and anger we had towards each other will forever be there as a memory. When we look back it will be a laughing moment.

I know I cannot speak for everyone but personally I have seen a change in myself and I grew a lot more over this summer and I am excited to see what the future holds for me. Even though being an OL means your summer is nonexistent I wouldn’t change my decision of applying to become an OL. I would recommend it to anyone. If you would like to gain a lifetime of headaches but a lot of fun times I say do it because without my team I honestly probably would not have made it on a different one. I love my team and I know I didn’t tell y’all that much or even at all, but I do!! Don’t ever lose yourself and continue to grow into the leaders that you were meant to be! SOMEBODY LION UP AY!! AY!! AY!!

Love y’all 2018 Orientation Leaders until next time!!


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