Meet the O-Team in Waterloo!

Hello, incoming Golden Hawks! With your first year at Wilfrid Laurier comes the opportunity to be a part of the amazing Orientation Week to help you get adjusted to the campus! But what is Orientation Week? Orientation Week is a fun and engaging welcome to Laurier where we have tons of fun daytime and nighttime programming to help you be successful in your academics, to get to know the campus and to get to know other fellow golden hawks. Orientation Week has something for everyone and offers programming such as the concert, headphone disco, carnival, and many more. Orientation Week kicks off move in day and goes until the end of the week.

And we wouldn’t have Orientation Week without the awesome O-team, so without further ado, here’s this year’s team!

 

Name: Sammi Marino

Position: Orientation Program Facilitator

Year and program: Graduated from the Faculty of Science

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Seeing that Tim Hortons doesn’t have a line in the Science Atrium

What colour team were you on in first year? GOLD ARGOS!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone Disco

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I wanted to get more involved and give back the great experience I had in first year to other students

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Have fun! Laurier is super welcoming and has a lot of fun activities throughout O-Week for you to enjoy. I am super excited for all of you to experience your first days here at Laurier! Can’t wait to see you on campus!

 

Name: Twan Dieker

Position: Vice President of Programming & Services (Waterloo campus)

Year and program: Graduated from Communications Studies with minors is Geography & French

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? BINGO on Tuesday Nights at Wilf’s! I might be biased but check out @BingoWithTwan on Instagram.

What colour team were you on in first year? Gold Argonauts!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone Disco or Shine Day!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Orientation Week is the foundation of a student’s life at Laurier and getting to be a part of setting up their success is so amazing. I chose to be a part of Orientation Week because the spirit of Laurier is most active during O-Weel and that is an unshakable feeling.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: In my first year I was told that getting involved is like an All You Can Eat Buffet, you can take as much as you want but nothing is handed to you. Make the most out of all extracurricular opportunities, but don’t wait around for the opportunities to find you, seek them out yourself (Orientation Week is a great way to do this).

 

Name: Madelin Thompson

Position: Volunteer Liaison

Year and program: 4th Year Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? BINGO @ Wilf’s

What colour team were you on in first year? Green

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Shine Day

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I had a blast in first year during Orientation Week and I wanted to give that same experience to the next group of first year students!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Get involved! Orientation Week is an amazing time to get involved and make new friends. I’ve met some of my best friends through Orientation Week.

 

Name: Camille Gingerich

Position: Clothing and Registration Exec

Year and program: 4th Year of French

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Studying with my friends in the concourse

What colour team were you on in first year? Red Rogues

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone Disco!!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I want to help all students feel welcome the second they come to Laurier.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: These four years will go by fast, so don’t waste it and try new things!

 

Name: Dave Levy

Position: Communications Exec

Year and program: 4th Year Communications Studies

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Sprinting away from the geese

What colour team were you on in first year? Blue Olympians

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Cheer off! I’ve always thought that the excitement in the room during cheer off is one of the many great examples of the passion that we all have here at Laurier.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Orientation Week really set the tone for my time at Laurier. I want to continue being a part of that.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: It’s a big change going into your first week of university. Take it one step at a time and know that there are resources on campus and that your Icebreakers are there to support you.

 

Name: Tyler Donaldson

Position: Logistics Exec

Year and program: 4th Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Play volleyball intramurals

What colour team were you on in first year? Red Rogues

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Cheer-off

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? My first year of Orientation Week was a life changing experience. I got to meet so many amazing people during the week and it made me realize that I wanted to make an impact on the future first year Golden Hawks as well.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Find time to do things that you love, whether it’s hanging out with friends or getting involved with clubs on campus.

 

Name: Brooke Abbott

Position: A-Team Coordinator

Year and program: 3rd Year, Political Science

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Twingo at Wilf’s!

What colour team were you on in first year? Gold

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? O-Week concert!!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I want to give back to the Laurier community and make sure that first year students have the same fulfilling experience that I did during Orientation Week.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Attend every event during O-Week! You will regret it if you miss out on the memories.

 

Name: Christina McLean

Position: Shinerama Coordinator

Year and program: 4th Year Health Sciences

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Hang out with friends at Wilf’s.

What colour team were you on in first year? Blue

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Shine Time & Shine Day #BLINGBLING

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? To help make a difference in the lives of those living with Cystic Fibrosis while welcoming first year students to campus and making sure they have the best time possible!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Make the most of every situation!

 

Name: Hayley Vlasschaert

Position: Go-Team Lead

Year and program: 4th Year Kinesiology

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Wilf’s spin dip anyone?

What colour team were you on in first year? Blue!!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Either the carnival or cheer off

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I had such a fun experience during o-week in my first year that I wanted to help make o-week as fun and exciting as possible for everyone involved!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Take time to enjoy your experience at Laurier and get involved! Your time here will go by so much quicker than you think, so study hard, have fun, and make mems!

 

Name: Nick Casola

Position: Go Team Lead

Year and program: 4th Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Tuesday night Bingo with Twan of course

What colour team were you on in first year? Gold Jesters

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone disco

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? After volunteering as an exec on A-Team last year. I realized how much fun being a part of O-Week really is and how much of an amazing impact we have the ability to make on incoming first years.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: GET INVOLVED. I came into university thinking that being involved with clubs and student associations was corny, until I realized I was depriving myself of the unreal relationships and memories that you can make while getting involved (not to mention it looks good on a resume).

 

Name: Charles Binks-Collier

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th BBA with Computer Science Minor

What colour team were you on in first year? Green Wranglers

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone Disco, disco highkey bumps hard

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I had great Icebreakers in first year and wanted to make some great friends along the way.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Don’t take bird courses, find courses that you will genuinely love even if they are the tough class.

 

Name: Claire Gervin

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? My favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus would probably be studying in Laz with friends, and I also love going to Byte because they have the best iced coffee!!!

What colour team were you on in first year? BLUE OLYMPIANS

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? My favourie event is definitely cheer off. It is so amazing to see the teams come together and show off all of their hard work at the end of the week. There is so much energy and spirit in the room; it is definitely a really fun experience that you will not want to miss!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I chose to volunteer for Orientation Week because I wanted to help first-years learn why it is so great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk. After having such a positive experience volunteering as an Icebreaker, I knew that I wanted to lead a team of breakers as a Head Ice and help them make a difference in the lives of first-years.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: I think some first years try to get involved in as many ways as they can, but I would suggest focusing your time on a few extra-curriculars that you are super passionate about. You should also look out for leadership opportunities rather than simply joining clubs as a general member. You’ll get more out of the expeirence and learn a lot more!

 

Name: Gabrielle Policella

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year – Business Administration

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? My favourite thing to do is participate in the recreational dance program at the Athletic complex.

What colour team were you on in first year? Red Rogues!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Shine Day for sure! It’s a great way to bond with your floor and support a really great cause.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I remember being so nervous during my first week of university and there were so many awesome volunteers there to support me. I couldn’t wait to be able to do the same for incoming first years!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Step outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to try new things! Laurier is a great community to get involved in and you might surprise yourself by finding a new passion or making new friends. Even if that means just joining one club in first year, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because Laurier really does have something to offer for everyone!

 

Name: Hope Jowharian

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year, Communication Studies

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Wilfs Trivia <3

What colour team were you on in first year? BLUE OLYMPIANS

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Headphone Disco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? To push me out of my comfort zone and make new friends!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Use the resources on campus and ask for help when you need it!

 

Name: James Bertrand

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Seeing the animals in Waterloo park

What colour team were you on in first year? Gold Jesters

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Head Ice Dance Off

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? My icebreakers really helped integrate me into Laurier and I wanted to do the same for all incoming students.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Get involved early! Joining clubs and associations is a great way to make friends and find what your passionate about.

 

Name: Matt Campbell

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Going to get food at Wilf’s with friends

What colour team were you on in first year? Red Rogues

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Shine Day

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Orientation Week is what built the relationships between everyone on my floor and laid the foundation for my amazing first year experience

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Go outside of your comfort zone and get involved to meet new people and try new things

 

Name: Sam Jenkins

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: 4th Year of BBA

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? Heading to Wilf’s to get an order of buffalo fingers with rock and roll sauce

What colour team were you on in first year? Red Rogues

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Shine Day without a doubt, such a great day to bond as a floor and raise money for a great cause.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I wanted to give incoming first year students the opportunity to see what O-Week has to offer because I had such a great experience in my first year.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Enjoy every minute of O-week because it’ll be over before you know it.

 

Name: Sophie Battaglia

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and program: I am going into my 4th Year of Bachelor of Business Administration

What is your favourite thing to do on the Waterloo campus? My favourite thing to do on the Waterloo Campus would be going to the gym with friends! It’s a great study break and stress reliever! My friends and I try to coordinate times so we can spend time together and make fun workouts! We have even participated in the recreational dance classes and group fitness classes and they are a blast! Would highly recommend trying them out!

What colour team were you on in first year? I was a Green Wrangler!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? I love Cheer Off and Head Ice Dance Off! It’s so interesting getting to see what the other teams have created and it’s a great way to show off your colour team pride and bond with your floor/friends!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? When I first came to Laurier, I really relied on my Icebreakers to guide me through my first year. Looking back now, I don’t think I would be where I am today if I didn’t have them as a resource and friend. Seeing the impact that they have made on me inspired me to be that guide and friend for someone else and ensure that they get the best experience possible!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Some advice for incoming first years is to not be afraid to try new things! Try to get involved in O-Week, clubs, sports, etc. Be yourself and find something that fits you and your interests. For me, I participated in as much O-Week activities as I could and joined an intramural team during the year. I had a great experience and made a ton of friends too! Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your Icebreakers if you have questions about school, or just need someone to talk to. They are there to act as a support system for you, and to ensure that you have a successful and fun first year! Make the most of every moment and enjoy the experience! Before you know it, you’ll be graduating!

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