My first few weeks at Springfield College were a complete whirlwind, with a mixture of feeling utterly excited and completely scared and intimidated.
I went into New Student Orientation like a sponge. I wanted to embrace every moment and every person that I met because I knew they could potentially be lifelong friends. Entering college, I was intimidated by meeting and talking to complete strangers but I forced myself to go outside my comfort zone.
I remember meeting one of my friends, Melissa Lambert '10, during NSO, because she had coral manicured nails. Even though we had yet to interact with one another, I walked up to her and told her how much I liked her nails, and we are still friends to this day! During the four days of NSO, I was amazed to see how close a group of complete strangers could become, and how the icebreaker games and songs helped to gradually ease my anxiety and make me feel comfortable in my new environment. My orientation leaders were so energetic and outgoing that it was hard to be anything but the same, and they provided me with insight and perspective on how to make my time at SC enjoyable.
As NSO came to a close and classes began, the friends I had made during NSO continued to be people I talked to and occasionally hung out with on campus. My friend Melissa ended up being in my tennis class which eased my nerves when it came to choosing a partner in class! I met new friends through my NSO friends and Springfield College began to feel like home. My experience with NSO was so positive that I made the decision to apply to become a leader myself the following year, with the hope that I could also make a positive impact on first-year students. I may be biased, but I think that Springfield College has one of the best orientation processes around!
- Lauren Fahey '10