Orientation experience defined by leaders

The summer before their first year at UVM, every incoming student is required to take part in an orientation experience led by an orientation leader.The criteria that make a good orientation leader (OL) and a good orientation experience are not always what the orientees are most concerned with. “I know almost nothing about the program and its leaders, but I did enjoy my orientation experience as a first-year,” freshman Gwen Williams said.Trisha Rascone, assistant director for Student Life and Orientation, said the application process to become an OL is quite competitive. “Our applicant pool ranges,” Rascone said. “This year, we are projecting around a figure in the high 60s. We only accept 35-37 applicants.””There is no certain picture for an OL. We look for a range of leadership positions,” Rascone said. Bob Just, a former OL and the president of the Inter-Residence Association (IRA), said he was “drawn to the idea of being an OL because of the idea of being that first contact person that a person makes when coming into the world of college.”