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Meet the OLs

For most of us, summer means relaxing, seeing old friends or spending long days in an office. But not so long ago, we all had a summer before our first year at BC, and this meant attending orientation. It was a first-hand experience that gave us a first impression of BC, and I think most can agree it was a pleasant experience. But none of that would be possible without the orientation leaders who work so hard to make sure incoming freshmen enjoy this experience and make the most of it. We sat down with a few of those brave souls who took on impressive roles as orientation leaders to see just how they do it.

 

Sean Haggerty

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Courtesy of Sean Haggerty

Class of: 2014

Major: Political Science/English

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting? 

I lived in Africa.

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

The closing ceremony on Tuesday!

Why did you want to be an OL?

I wanted to be as inspiring and helpful as my Orientation Leader. To this day I still regard my OL as one of the most influential and positive people at BC, and if I can play that role in any student's life I would love it.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

Students engage in real discussions, and get to know BC from all aspects and perspectives.

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

College pressure is very real. If you can be you and not forget what is important to you, you will get the most out of your time at BC.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Engage. Be open minded. Don't be too cool to talk to new people and be excited.

 

Ceara O'Sullivan

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Courtesy of Ceara O'Sullivan

 Class of: 2014

Major: English/Theatre, concentration in creative writing

Hometown: Skaneateles, New York

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting?

I love triathlons and road races with my mom!

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

The skits.

Why did you want to be an OL?

I just really love BC and I want to help freshmen see how awesome their time at BC can be.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

BC orientation is not just a 3-day experience--the friends you make at orientation & the relationships you form with orientation leaders can continue all through your time at BC.

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

GO TO STUDENT ACTIVITIES DAY IN THE FALL! Sign up for clubs, sports, performance groups, publications...whatever! Just GO.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Be open-minded, be present, and try to listen when others speak. Being on your cellphone on orientation tells your classmates that they're not worth your time.

Having gone through your first sessions as OL, has the experience differed from what you thought it would be? Any surprises?

I did not realize just how hard everyone at First Year Experience works. I can confidently say that ALL of this year's OLs are giving 100% every session and are being an OL because they really, really care.

 

Isaiah Telewoda

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Courtesy of Isaiah Telewoda

Class of: 2014

Major: Biology

Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

One fact about yourself your Freshmen would find interesting?

I have no sense of smell.

What is your favorite Orientation activity?

Plex Night 

Why did you want to be an OL?

To serve others.

What makes the BC orientation unique?

Jesuit Tradition

What is one piece of advice that you have given and will continue to give incoming freshmen?

Being undeclared is a good thing.

Any tips on for incoming freshmen on how to get the best out of orientation?

Be open and engage.

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You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.

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