As the 2016 Orientation Coordinators, Lauren Carr ’17 and Josh Weinstein ’17 are responsible for planning the first experiences the Classes of 2020 will have both on campus and in the City of Geneva. Set for Aug. 26 through 28, Orientation Weekend will give these newest members of the HWS community the opportunity to get acclimated to college life prior to the start of classes.
“My biggest hope is that the first-year students gain a sense of place,” says Weinstein, a political science major who is studying abroad in London this semester. “I want every new student to go to their first day of classes feeling comfortable with the campus and the greater Geneva community as a whole.”
The duo plans to build on last year’s “Love Geneva” theme as they coordinate three days of activities and events to highlight all that HWS and the City of Geneva have to offer. “We want to make sure we share the love of HWS and Geneva that we have with all of the incoming students,” explains Carr, a biochemistry and German area studies double major.
They are considering continuing a walking tour of local businesses and favorite student hangout spots downtown; creating an “HWS Night Out” with activities to introduce students to different areas of campus; and continuing the tradition of volunteering in the community as part of the annual Orientation Day of Service.
In addition, Carr and Weinstein have begun the process of hiring more than 100 Orientation Leaders and Mentors. Applications for Orientation Mentors are being accepted through Monday, April 4.
Carr and Weinstein emphasize the importance of kick-starting an unforgettable and transformative four years for the Classes of 2020. Carr says she’s learned that “having a good Orientation experience can make for a great college experience.”
In 2014, Carr and Weinstein served as Orientation Mentors, and during Orientation 2015 as Orientation Leaders and also Nighttime Activities Coordinators. On campus, Carr is co-president of the German Club, a member of the Laurel Society, and recently completed a 50-hour internship in the Emergency Department with Geneva General Hospital. Weinstein works as a civic leader for HWS Votes through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Society.
They’re both eager for Orientation. “It’s one of the most exciting moments of a college student’s life, and seeing that materialize on day one is quite the sight to see,” Weinstein says.
Members of the Classes of 2020 can connect on the official Classes of 2020 Facebook page.