New Student Orientation (NSO) was by far one of the most memorable and pivotal moments I had experienced while at Springfield College. Within an hour of tearfully leaving my family and once introduced to my group, I felt that I had truly made the right decision and felt comfortable at Springfield College. I was shocked at how quickly I formed friendships and felt an instant sense of ease on campus. The beanies which
adorned all of our heads symbolized a sense of belonging, rather than being just a weird hat. By the end, parting with my beanie was more difficult than I could have anticipated. My NSO leaders became my big brother and sister and kept in touch even after the orientation period had ended. Of the friendships I had made, many still remain. In fact, my now husband was one of the first friends I had made in my NSO group.
At the completion of NSO, I went into my freshman year of college a more confident and excited student. All of the normal fears of living away from home with complete strangers had ceased and I never looked back. In fact , my experience was so positive, I decided to become involved in NSO, as well.
Throughout the rest of my time at SC, I served two years as a group leader and during my last year, as head women’s leader, assisting other first and second year leaders in their experiences. I will be forever indebted to Springfield College and the lifelong memories NSO has provided.
After graduating as an athletic training major, I received my master’s degree in school counseling at Springfield College. I am currently entering my ninth year at Belchertown High School, serving students in grades 9-12 as a school counselor. I love working with high school students and feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to guide such impressionable youth on their postsecondary choices. Not a day goes by, that I do not catch a glimpse of my beanie hanging in my office and reflect on what I learned at SC. Whether during NSO, in the classroom, or on an athletic field, I am who I am today because of Springfield College.
I reside in Wilbraham, Mass with my husband, David Folli (’03) and two sons, Chase (3 ½ years old) and Quinn (9 ½ months).