A freshman’s first few weeks on campus are filled with useful advice from parents, professors, and staff members. But, 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. “Approach all the sessions and activities with an open mind and you will get the most out of them,” she says.
Maltese, who majors in chemistry with a minor in mathematics, notes that making connections with students, faculty, and staff is key to success at Fisher.
“Everyone wants you to succeed and do the best that you can do,” she says. “If you make those connections on campus, you will have endless opportunities and resources. You just have to be willing to seek help and learn from others.”
Anna Harmer ’18 adds that this year’s Orientation theme, “Welcome Home,” provides plenty of chances for students to acclimate to campus. And, she knows a thing or two about the Fisher culture. In addition to serving as a student orientation coordinator, Harmer volunteers with the Teddi Committee, Student Philanthropy Council, and Service Saturdays, all while serving as an executive intern in the Office of Marketing and Communications and work-study employee in the Processing Center.
“Orientation is a jam-packed weekend to get students excited about college,” she explains. “Some of these events include a Target Takeover, a Throwback Dance, lots and lots of food, and our annual class photo on the stands at Growney Stadium.”
Her advice to students? “You can get the most out of Orientation by going out of your comfort zone,” she says. “Start a conversation with other students in your group. Keep your dorm room door open. These are both ways you can make new friends on campus.”
Yilmaz Ates ’19 encourages new students to get involved on campus.
A nursing major, Ates stepped into a leadership role with Colleges Against Cancer, which plans the annual Relay for Life. He also serves as an ambassador for the Office of Admissions.
“Take every opportunity that Fisher has to offer you,” he adds. “Join that club or sports team, take that leadership opportunity, and begin your legacy.”