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Orientation Coordinators Launch Video Series

Orientation Coordinators Garrett Downs ’22 and Lalaine Vergara ’21 have returned to campus to plan a memorable Orientation Weekend for the Classes of 2024. First up, the pair have launched a video series on Facebook and Instagram at @HWSOrientation which will introduce incoming students to the campus and Geneva, N.Y. community.

Downs and Vergara have created daily video themes that highlight the many programs, resources and landmarks that will shape students’ academic and social experience at the Colleges. Themes for upcoming videos include “Major Mondays,” “Take Out Tuesdays,” “Where We are Wednesdays,” “Team Thursdays” and “Fun Fridays.”

“We hope the videos will showcase the many ways students can get involved on campus, the different academic paths they can explore, and highlight some of the many small businesses in the area. We want to show them what they have to look forward to,” says Downs, a biology major and social health and inequalities minor, who is pursuing a pre-med track.

Vergara, an economics major with minors in media and society and American studies, is excited to meet the incoming classes. “So many of them had unfortunate halts to their senior years and didn’t have a graduation or prom. We can’t wait for them to get here and to be able to start making HWS their home for the next four years,” she says.

“Take Out Tuesday” was posted on June 16, and showcases a downtown Geneva, N.Y. business that is a staple for fried food and late-night snacks, FLX Fry Bird. Next week, the pair will stop by another student favorite Char Burrito Bar.

The first “Where We are Wednesdays” stop will include a tour of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, where future dance, music, theatre and media and society students will take classes, and many more students will find a home for studying and a passion for the arts.

“Team Thursdays” will include staff spotlights from various departments across campus and “Fun Fridays” will showcase many of the popular student organizations, including cultural clubs, student governments and intramurals.

While living in Geneva for the summer, Downs and Vergara have had the opportunity to explore the Finger Lakes Region. So far, they have gone kayaking on Seneca Lake and are looking forward to a trip to Watkins Glen State Park, where they will hike the Gorge Trail.

Although they are waiting for further information from New York State about reopening procedures in order to plan major events, the pair are determined to create a sense of community by emphasizing inclusivity and by leading a team of enthusiastic Orientation Leaders.