Meet the Orientation Team in Brantford!

Curious about who’s involved in Orientation Week? Need some friendly faces to look for on move-in day? Here’s your first glimpse into the lives of some of our top-notch volunteers!

  


Name:
Nick DeSumma

O-Week 2018 position: Orientation Program Facilitator (OPF), Brantford

Program: Alumni; Concurrent Education; Human Rights & Human Diversity

Things you love to do on campus: I was a sucker for getting involved on campus. I probably spent more time volunteering per week than I did in class! My experiences range from O-Week to Residence Life, three years on the Board of Directors, Hiring and Recruitment Coordinator, University Affairs, and more.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Green Aviators

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I loved my experience in O-Week as a first year, so I wanted to be involved in every O-Week to help incoming students feel comfortable arriving in campus, but also to share with them the love I have for this school!

My O-Week experience includes:

First year: Green Aviators

Second year: Icebreaker, Green Tritons

Third year: Residence Don, Green Bionics

Fourth year: Management Team, Chair & CGO for the Students’ Union

Fifth year: Head Icebreaker, Green Renegades

And now, this will be my SIXTH Laurier O-Week, where I will have the honor of being behind the wheel as the Orientation Program Facilitator (OPF!)

All-time favourite O-Week event: Tough one – I absolutely loved having the Arkells on campus twice for the O-Week concert in 2014 & 2016. So I’m going to have to say the concert by default.

One piece of advice for first year students: When I was sitting in Sanderson Centre for my own O-Week Opening Ceremonies, this line resonated with me the most:

“You get from your university experience what you put into it.”

Whatever you plan to accomplish over your time at Laurier is completely achievable, but it depends on you. You won’t be an academic by keeping your books closed, and you won’t meet new people staying in your room.

Don’t be afraid to take risks! Great things don’t come from comfort zones.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Natalie Rigato

O-Week 2018 position: Vice President of Programming and Services

Program: Concurrent Education, class of 2018

Things you love to do on campus: Go to events and socials, hang out at any coffee shops, watch TV in the lounge on my computer, go to the gym!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Red Defenders!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: Originally I saw my friends doing it and having an amazing time, so I decided to do it to give first years my experience. It is such an exciting and wonderful experience. I chose to make a difference for first years and I wanted to improve my volunteer network as well.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Carnival Day, the Hypnotist, and Taco Lunch! Sorry, couldn’t pick just one!

One piece of advice for first year students: Orientation Week is daunting and you may feel like you HAVE to attend EVERY event. However, the first week is a big week for you! Your mental health is vital this week. If you need to take a break throughout the week, take it. You have 4+ years here, take a mental health break. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Emma Bowen

O-Week 2018 position: Communications Executive

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education

Things you love to do on campus: Trivia nights, hang at Warmington’s Bistro, crush reps in the gym!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Glacians!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: Orientation Week is such an integral part of the university experience, and I love reliving it with the first year students who get to do it all for the first time! I also love to make friends, and O-Week = friends!

All-time favourite O-Week event: The Hypnotist!

One piece of advice for first year students: Don’t sweat the small stuff, push yourself outside of your comfort zone because that’s where growth happens, and don’t be afraid to branch out and ask for help when you need it! We’re all here to support you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Lizzie Smyth

O-Week 2018 position: Logistics Executive

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education

Things you love to do on campus: When I’m not in class, I love to volunteer in the Students’ Union within the Programming and Services department. I also love going to other events run on campus by our students. Other than that, I love hanging out with my roommates at local shops doing some homework, or just enjoying each other’s company!

What team were YOU on in first year?: BLUE GLACIANS! (GLACIAN NATION….FREEZE!)

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I chose to volunteer for O-Week because I want to continue to help fellow Golden Hawks integrate into university so that they can have an unforgettable experience. There’s something out there for everyone that Laurier has to offer, and we’re here to help them find it. I have been on the frontlines of O-Week since my first year, as both an Icebreaker and Head Ice, and this year I am so excited to continue this journey as an Executive to show first years how truly great it is to be a Laurier Golden Hawk!

All-time favourite O-Week event: Opening Ceremonies!!

One piece of advice for first year students: Ask questions! It can be a scary place and you may not have all the answers but there is someone who does, so let us help you. Let us help you find whatever it is you’re looking for, whether it’s academic or ways to get involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Jenna Schott

O-Week 2018 position: Activities Executive

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education

Things you love to do on campus: I love walking through RCW Lobby to check out what events clubs and committees are running throughout the day! This is also prime time for free food usually!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Glacians!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: Orientation Week was one of the most memorable weeks of my university career by far. My icebreakers made me feel so welcomed at Laurier and I wanted to give that experience and feeling back to first year students!

All-time favourite O-Week event: Cheer off or concert night!

One piece of advice for first year students: Step outside of your comfort zone. I promise you will not regret it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Sai Gnanaharan

O-Week 2018 position: Activities Executive

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education

Things you love to do on campus: Use the athletic facilities (workout, intramurals, extramurals, etc) partake in Students’ Union events, join clubs/committees, and hang out with friends.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Green Tritons

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: It was an amazing experience and I loved the idea of helping first years find their place here at LB!

All-time favourite O-Week event: Headphone Disco

One piece of advice for first year students: Go out to every event and try as many new things as possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Alexandra Piccoli

O-Week 2018 position: Food and Registration Executive

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education w/French teaching option

Things you love to do on campus: Volunteer! The Students’ Union building is literally a second home for me. I really enjoy the many opportunities for giving back to the Laurier Brantford community that the Students’ Union offers. Whether its a club, committee or association, there’s bound to be something you’re passionate about!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Glacians (BRRRR)

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: This experience truly set the tone for my amazing journey at Laurier and so, it only felt right to give back by doing my part to help provide just as memorable of a week for our class of 2022. Being the foodie that I am, I have found so much pleasure in creating a unique meal experience for all students during this week while being able to show off all that the City of Brantford has to offer through its many scrumptious, local eats. #MakeGoudaHappen

All-time favourite O-Week event: Opening ceremonies!

One piece of advice for first year students: Take in each moment for what it is. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and find your fit. I can say from experience that if you choose to make the most out of your first year, it will easily become one of the most cherished chapters in your life, as it has been mine.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:
Mackenzie Parke

O-Week 2018 position: Shinerama Executive

Program: 2nd year Criminology, Sussex stream

Things you love to do on campus: Going to Coffee Culture and get iced coffee.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Legends

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I wanted to provide the same amazing experience I had in first year with the new and upcoming class.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Glow Party

One piece of advice for first year students: Be open and try new things!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:
Stefanie Solari

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 5th year Concurrent Education

Things you love to do on campus:

I love to join different clubs and committees on campus. It is a great way to meet new people and to keep busy. Committees, even if you are not a member, often have events going on throughout campus that are pretty neat to participate in. I also love hanging out at campus coffee shops/cafés with friends, or studying.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Red Agents

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: On my first day of university, moving into residence, the first thing I saw was a bunch of crazy, wild, welcoming people cheering up and down the street, and I immediately knew I wanted to do that. The week is designed to ease new students into university life while having an entire team of student supports behind you to make the transition as smooth as possible. Knowing this is my last orientation week is extremely saddening, but I have no doubt this will be an incredible week.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Cheer off will forever be my favourite event of Orientation Week. I think the way teams come together and cheer for 7 minutes really shows a sense of teamwork and community. However, last year’s Beyography dance class is a pretty close second. Chances are you’ll see me break out in dance if Crazy in Love comes on, so watch out!

One piece of advice for first year students: Your university career will only be a great as you make it and Laurier has tons of different programming available for students. Most importantly, absolutely do not be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling, whether it will be emotionally, mentally, financially etc. There are incredible supports on campus that are designed to help students through the tough times of university. The next 4+ years can be some of the greatest years of your life; if you take the time to immerse yourself into student life. Welcome to the family, Golden Hawks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Anisa Verrelli

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 4th year Social Work

Things you love to do on campus: Laurier Brantford has lots to offer! My personal favourite is the courtyard. This green space provides students with the opportunity to enjoy nature while studying, hanging with friends, or simply enjoying some alone time.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Gold Argos!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: Volunteering for O-Week is absloutly life changing! I truly have my Orientation Week volunteers to thank during my first year. Transitioning from high school to university was a terrifying moment; however, my o-week volunteers were instumental in encouraging me to take chances and learn to love who I am!

Also, volunteering for O-Week is a great opportunity to create lasting friendships! The support and love you may receive from your team is like none other. Working as a o-week volunteers allows you to learn with and from such amazing, passionate students! Being an O-Week volunteer is truly an experience of a life time!

All-time favourite O-Week event: CHEER OFF!

One piece of advice for first year students: LOVE WHO YOU ARE! University is filled with diverse, amazing students who have plenty to offer! Get out there and find where you belong. Each and every one of you first years has so much to show for. Trust yourself and BE YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Thomas Blanchette

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 2nd year User Experience Design

Things you love to do on campus: Spending time in the UX Lab, hitting up Lonnies (delicious poutine, highly recommend), and crying about my grades.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Legends!!!!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I love being a part of events like these, and love giving back from my experiences.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Carnival Day or Lip Sync Battle

One piece of advice for first year students: You’re not the only person that’s scared!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Carly Baggs

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 4th year social work

Things you love to do on campus: I love grabbing something to eat at The Works and seeing whats new at the bookstore! I also study in the lounge at the Student Centre!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Knights.

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I love the atmosphere and excitement that O-Week brings to campus! I also enjoy helping first years transition to university and showing them all Laurier has to offer.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Opening Ceremonies

One piece of advice for first year students: Step out of your comfort zone and get involved! Laurier has tons of cool opportunities and you never know where they will take you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:
Emily Clark

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 4th year social work

Things you love to do on campus: When not in class I like to hangout at Williams with friends and study at the library.

What team were YOU on in first year?: Blue Knights

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I chose to volunteer for O-Week to meet new people and get involved! I also wanted to volunteer because I know how new everything can be when you first come to Laurier and I really want to help all of our new students feel welcome and have an amazing first week as a Golden Hawk!

All-time favourite O-Week event: Cheer Off

One piece of advice for first year students: Try to step out of your comfort zone this week and any other time this year. This is an amazing new opportunity and journey for all of you and you’re going to do great things!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Bryson Hall

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 3rd year Criminology

Things you love to do on campus: I love to go to Coffee Culture or another restaurant to grab a bite. If I have readings I mainly read in the Student Centre!

What team were YOU on in first year?: Red Rogues! (Also the winners of O-Week!)

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I choose to volunteer for O-Week because in my first year the volunteers made me feel welcome in my transition to university. Right away volunteers made me feel apart of the Laurier community and I knew that I wanted to return the favour. I choose to volunteer to make the transition into Laurier an easy and stress-free process for first years.

All-time favourite O-Week event: My all-time favourite O-Week event has to be cheer off. The entire team comes together as one and cheers their hearts out. I enjoy this event the most because it is amazing to see the progress that first years make within a few days of being in a new environment. Cheer off really brings the whole group together.

One piece of advice for first year students: Don’t be afraid to come out of your shell during O-Week. This is the time to meet as many people as possible and make life-long memories. Get involved and cheer loud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:
Jenna Berseth

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 4th year social work

Things you love to do on campus: Going for walks by the grand river, yoga, and board games! I also love photoshopping my roommates into pictures, talking to my mom on the phone, playing on our Wii, and hanging with my Guinea Pig! (IG:@poethepig)

What team were YOU on in first year?: Gold Argos

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I had such a great time during my O-Week and I love sharing that experience with incoming first year students!

All-time favourite O-Week event: Carnival Day!

One piece of advice for first year students: Be yourself, relax, you’ll find your people. My biggest regret was changing myself to fit in with other people!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Kelsey McTavish

O-Week 2018 position: Head Icebreaker

Program: 4th year General Arts

Things you love to do on campus: Spend time with friends, and be a part of extra curricular groups.

What team were YOU on in first year?: I was a Red Inferno!

Why did you choose to volunteer for O-Week?: I had such an amazing time during my O-Week that I wanted to give other first years the same experience.

All-time favourite O-Week event: Getting to meet the families we help through raising money for Shinerama.

One piece of advice for first year students: Be involved! Try something you’ve never done before but looks interesting.

 

Laurier Orientation 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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