The anticipation for Orientation 2018 builds with the appointment of Tanner Arnold ’20 and Miranda Smith ’18, MAT ’19 as the Orientation Coordinators, who will lead the charge to welcome the Classes of 2022 to campus. Helping incoming first-year and transfer students transition into their new environment, Arnold and Smith will coordinate engaging events and relationship building activities that highlight the unique experiences of being at HWS.
“One of my biggest hopes for Orientation Weekend is that our incoming students are exposed to the immense number of opportunities HWS has to offer over their next four years,” says Smith, who is majoring in sociology and is also a member of the Teacher Education Program. “Tanner and I have both participated on the Orientation team in years past, so we will be bringing knowledge of not only how the weekend runs, but the preparation it takes to get there.”
Arnold and Smith are responsible for assembling a team of more than 100 Orientation Leaders and Mentors to facilitate the activity-packed weekend. Both leaders are eager to meet and collaborate with their team to create an orientation centered on community and relationship building.
“Students should be excited for Orientation because we’re creating an experience where students can feel comfortable meeting members of their classes, but also invited to step out of their comfort zone. That is where the real learning happens,” says Arnold.
This year Orientation will be four days instead of three, which will afford new students more time to explore and engage with the campus community and the city of Geneva. There will be opportunities throughout the weekend for the Classes of 2022 to ask questions related to beginning their journey at HWS. “The change provides the incoming students with more time to explore and experience what a day can be like at HWS,” says Arnold.
Arnold serves as the sophomore class president, is a member of the club soccer team and treasurer for Days of Service.
Smith serves as a secretary for the Stewardson Society, member of the Days of Service committee and works for the Office of Advancement. She studied abroad in South Africa last spring. After graduating, Smith will return to the Colleges to earn her master of arts in teaching.
“I’ve felt welcomed since the moment I stepped on campus and we’re looking forward to paying it forward to the Classes of 2022,” says Smith.