Advice Straight from the Orientation Team

August 17, 2016

A freshman’s first few weeks on campus are filled with useful advice from parents, professors, and staff members. And, some of the best advice comes from current students who remember well the hectic, nerve-wracking, and exciting experience of being a freshman. Here, three Orientation team members share their advice for making the most of your first year at Fisher.

Don’t be too cool for school. Or, as student orientation coordinator Leanne Maltese ’18 puts it, keep an open mind and be an active participant during Orientation. “Take in all the information and don’t be afraid to get involved,” she said.

Fill up your days. That’s the expert advice from senior Madison Hornick. “Go outside. Talk to people. Leave your dorm room, even in the winter,” says the student orientation leader, who keeps her calendar full as a team captain for the Teddi Dance For Love, study abroad ambassador, Service Scholar, and Student Conduct Committee member.

Her next piece of advice? “Bring a planner,” she says. “Planners are key to organizing your schedule.”

Kyle Cataldo ’17 knows a thing or two about the busy life of a college student. He logs in dozens of hours as president of the Student Activities Board. He’s also a First Generation Scholar and in the Honors Program. From the start, his attitude was to give everything a shot.

“Try out for clubs,” he says, recalling his attempt to try out for Fisher’s rugby team. While he didn’t stick with the sport, he said it was a great way to become familiar with campus. “By trying things, students will find the organizations and groups that fit their interest.”

Ask questions. If there’s one piece of advice all three student orientation leaders can agree on, that’s it.

“Make connections with fellow classmates, upperclassmen, faculty, and staff,” Maltese said. “Everyone is willing to help you here.”

Cataldo agrees, noting that the “Fisher family” mentality is his favorite aspect of campus.

“We’re a close-knit community, and we look out for each other,” he explained. “So go out and introduce yourself to campus.”