Each year, the Student Affairs staff chooses a theme which embodies the tone of the orientation days - this year was Chasing Greatness. Starting off the day with a rendition of “My House” (Molloy Style), by the orientation leaders, the celebration started with a welcoming spirit as we now share our house with them.
With words from Dr. Bogner, Bob Houlihan and others, the freshman learned more about what Molloy College means to the people running it and the hopes they have for the students. Then, the incoming freshman went on to icebreakers with their orientation leaders, where lasting friendships were made and many laughs were shared.
Their first FST class, workshops, tours and a community service project rounded out the afternoon and brought the students into the nighttime activities. Dinner, a movie on the lawn and an ice cream bar were set up for the class of 2020 to enjoy and the incoming Lions were delighted.
"When I walked onto the campus the first day, I was immediately greeted by the the orientation leaders. Their optimism made me really excited to get started.” -Erin Battaglia, Incoming Freshman
When asked about what his advice would be to incoming freshman: “My advice for all incoming freshman is something I have said 1000 times but will never stop saying - GET INVOLVED! So many people come to school just for their classes then go home. There are over 60 on campus clubs that you can be a part of and that's where you're going to make all your memories and friends!” - Jojo Minasi, Orientation Leader
When asked about what the Student Affairs staff focuses on for orientation: "This year's theme was Chasing Greatness- our goal was to embed that phrase into the Class of 2020, whether that be they obtain greatness or strive for greatness- that is up to them while they are at Molloy. It is important for every student to understand what makes Molloy so special while they are here for orientation. We hope they leave orientation excited to return in September and proud to call Molloy their home for the next few years." - Janine Payton, Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life
When asked about why she became an OL: “I love Molloy and I wanted to be able to share my Molloy experience with the people that are the future of Molloy! I love being able to share how I've created my "MolloyLife" (that was so corny, but I had to), and love telling them how they create theirs too!” - Anne Collins, Orientation Leader
When asked about the best and worst moments of the week were: “The best moment of orientation is connecting with the new students and breaking them out of their comfort zones. Ice breakers usually get them every time! The worst part of orientation is the last day! You build such a strong bond with the other orientation leaders and students it's sad when it comes to an end.” - Danielle Khoury, Orientation Leader