The Amazing Race to MIT: Orientation 2010

By Jennifer Earls, Graduate Intern, UAAP

On the morning of this year’s Convocation, 11 Orientation Captains and 57 Orientation Leaders lined up on Killian Court to meet the excited (and nervous!) Class of 2014. The student leaders, organized into teams of five orientation leaders and one orientation captain, used the team-oriented approach to create a strong bond with their groups of freshmen.

Record numbers of new students attending key Orientation events is a testament to the cohesive team structure, and the enthusiasm and efforts of the Orientation leaders. Over 900 freshmen attended the kick-off event hosted by the three Orientation Coordinators, Chi Chi Okeke, Reguli Granger, and Suzie Greenman. In line with the theme of Orientation, the coordinators presented a spoof on the popular reality TV show “The Amazing Race”, inviting new students on stage to compete in challenges against the Orientation Leaders. Over 90% of the Class of 2014 was also present at Sex Signals, a sexual assault awareness program involving humorous, real life consent scenarios presented by nationally touring actors. The Diversity program was also well received, as students were actively engaged throughout the presentation, and afterwards, many students expressed amazement at how diverse the Class of 2014 truly is. Orientation week was full of new information, entertainment, free food, and more! Most importantly though, students emerged with the knowledge and resources needed to start their careers at MIT, as well as with new friends with whom to share and enjoy the journey.

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