Meet the 2013 Pre-Orientation Assistants
Posted on May 13, 2013
The reason why I want to be an Orientation Assistant is because I love helping people; the urge to help others has become a part of me. I also want to help the new students get acclimated with a new environment since I have been apart of the intercultural orientation. I can help these students by advising them on classes to take, transition from high school to college, campus connections and other aspects in order to help them succeed in the new environment because I have experienced them as well when I came as freshman. The Marshall Center has given me support, guidance and helped me build connection with many student and staff and I would love to share this with the incoming students.
My favorite aspect of Wheaton is the atmosphere and the people within it. The staff members and students are very friendly. I love meeting new people and that is something that comes naturally to me.
I also love to sing and draw. I am a participant in College Against Cancer/Relay for Life on Campus and I currently an intern at the Marshall Center.
I am here to tell you that I consider orientation to be one of the most memorable times in ones college experience. Not only did I attend orientation during my freshman year, but I also had the privilege to partake in the Intercultural Pre-Orientation as well. It was one of the best experiences I have had at Wheaton and something that I constantly reference to throughout my college years. I did not just gather information on what resources there are on campus from academic advising to career services, but also learned about the personal experiences of the Orientation Assistants that were a part of the program as well as the ones from other students who were attending it. My own experience with the pre-orientation program is the reason why I wanted to be an Orientation Assistant. The OAs I had for my orientation were amazing and they really helped shape my life here at Wheaton. They gave me advice on clubs to join, classes to take, and helped me get out of my shell. I want to provide the same experience that I had for the incoming Wheaton students.
As a freshman I also attended Intercultural Orientation, and it was truly one of the best experiences I have had at college! Not only did I make some of my closest friends through the Marshall Center, but I learned a lot about Wheaton during Pre-Orientation. Today I am involved with several clubs on campus including, Interfaith Alliance, Middle East Club, Best Buds and Christian Fellowship. I am incredibly excited to be an Orientation Assistant and to meet the class of 2017!
I chose to be an OA because last year I attended pre-orientation as well and I really enjoyed it. I got the chance to make friends with some kids from my class year as well as my OA’s. After pre-orientation was over my OA continued to help me out through the school year and I really like that so I decided I wanted to do the same as well and get to know the upcoming freshman class so if they needed anything I would be able to help them like my OAs did for me. I really enjoyed my freshman year and met many people who I now have great relationships with; I strongly advice you to be open to activities and events on campus and try to meet as many people as you can because you never know, later on they might be the ones to help you out and get you connections.
Coming to Wheaton was the biggest change in my life thus far, moving to a foreign country and diving into college life but I have come to call Wheaton my second home. Besides classes, I am a member of Campaign for Cambodia (fundraising for girls’ education) and I like getting off campus for adventures with Outdoors Club. I have grown a lot in the past two years, and part of my learning experience happens at the Marshall center, where I have participated in Between the Lines dialogue (a diversity awareness program every Friday) for two spring semesters. The center has been a safe space where I get to listen to different perspectives and open my mind. I am happy to serve as a Pre-orientation Assistant this August and to get to know the new students who, given their diverse backgrounds, would bring wonderful new energy and stories to Wheaton.
My favorite quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.
Kimberly Belgrave '15
Minor: Secondary Education
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Leaving a city that has millions of people and coming to Wheaton, that has a little more than a thousand people, was quite a transition. When I entered Wheaton as a freshman, I knew that this campus, that I would call home for the next four years, would be my chance to create a legacy that transcends myself and represents my second home. Partaking in the Intercultural Pre-Orientation and attending workshops at the Marshall Center provides great support to me and other students. Attending Pre-Orientation provided me with a foundation I could depend on in my moments in need. I hope from your Wheaton experience, you will be able to reflect back and laugh at the good, bad, and bittersweet moments you have yet to make four, ten, even fifty years from now.