Introducing our International Pre-Orientation Assistants
We are no longer accepting applications for Pre-OAs for International Pre-Orientation in 2016. Stay tuned for information about our International Pre-Orientation Assistants for 2016!
Learn a little bit about the Wheaton students who will be International Pre-Orientation Assistants in 2015!
Adaeze Anaebonam, Class of 2018
Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts
I chose to become an Orientation Assistant because I enjoyed my experience during my orientation freshman year and I loved it so much that I wanted to be a part of it again. I want to be able to meet and welcome the incoming class and make their transition into college easy and enjoyable. I love Wheaton because of its small size, and the close-knit, welcoming community that it has. Some clubs that I am involved in are: Women's Rugby, Black Student Alliance and the Distinguished Women of Color Collective. I have been here for a year and I am loving it, and I can't wait to share it with all of you!
Jessica Bernaski, Class of 2016
Hometown: Greenfield, Massachusetts
I chose to be an Orientation Assistant because I loved my orientation experience during freshman year and I really want to be apart of that process again before I graduate myself. I remember that it was an awesome kick off to my Wheaton career and great way to meet new friends. I want to be a part of creating an equally awesome orientation experience for the incoming class so they can have the same welcome I enjoyed during my orientation. I really love the sense of community that is evident at Wheaton. It's such a close campus and you really feel the "Wheaton Bubble" effect when you're here. I'm excited to introduce the incoming class to the place they'll call home for the next four years and help them adjust to campus living.
Fun fact: I spent this past semester studying abroad in New Zealand (which was awesome!).
Emily Berk, Class of 2017
Minor: Public Health, International Relations
Hometown: South Royalton, Vermont
I chose to be an OA because I think orientation is one of the most crucial parts of transitioning into college. I want the chance to meet the incoming class and help them feel comfortable in their new environment. I want to help these students find their home away from home in a place I now consider home. I strongly recommend that these students partake in as many activities and events the campus offers and to get to know as many people as possible because it never hurts to have a big family. I fell in love with the sense of community and acceptance that we have at Wheaton. I have never felt more at home in a place that’s a couple hundred miles from my actual home. Wheaton has allowed me to become involved with a few clubs: Project Global Health, Active Minds, and the Community Service Club. My time at Wheaton is flying by and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome new people into our home and allow them to fall in love with Wheaton, just like I did.
Corrinne Murphy, Class of 2016
Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut
Why I chose to be an Int'l OA: I chose to be an Orientation Assistant because I love being about to meet new members of the Wheaton community and welcome them to our school.
What I like best about Wheaton: I love the small class sizes and the fact that the professors truly care that their students are doing well.
Extracurricular Involvement: Wind Symphony, Brass Quartet, Lymin' Lyons, Pre-Health Society, Pre-Health Peer Mentor, Sophomore Peer Mentor
Fun Fact: I just spent this past semester studying at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
Chaoran Zhang (Jason), Class of 2017
Ziang Zhao, Class of 2018
Major: Physics, Philosophy
Hometown: Beijing, China
I am Ziang Zhao, you may call me Ang, the last character of my Chinese name. I live in Beijing China. I am planning to graduate in 3 years with a major in physics and philosophy. If you have any chance to travel in Beijing, please feel free to tell me and let me introduce Beijing to you. I wish you could enjoy Wheaton more than I do, since I find Wheaton is a suitable place for me. The best part for me is the academic environment in Wheaton. I enjoy getting involved with professors in my interested fields, like math, physics and philosophy. I also hold memberships in astronomy club and philosophy club, and badminton club last year. If you walk around the campus, you will definitely find the beauty of it, so that you can take a picture at any perspective any time, and that would be a perfect picture! I have spent a year here, and I am sure that I will have a great experience and memories at Wheaton. And, I almost could not wait to see you this fall on campus.