COLA Connections Newsletter: October 2014

A New Generation for COLA: Student Orientation 2014

Summer cools to fall, and so begins another year of education here at Rochester Institute of Technology. We welcomed one of our largest and most impressive classes ever this year, with an estimated 3350 new undergraduate students now calling RIT home. As a college, we welcomed 89 brand new students and 39 external transfers into our liberal arts degree programs!

Undergraduate orientation week spanned from August 18-23, 2014. It took all of the new students across the university through a range of activities intended to acclimate them to all things RIT, build lasting relationships, assimilate the new students into our established community, and most of all have fun! This year, these events included the popular Tiger Walk (in which everyone dons their RIT gear to welcome new students), a new student carnival, outdoor movies, Lighting the Way (a lantern-lit procession for the women of our university), as well as late-night social activities such as hypnotism, a magician/comedian, skating at Ritter, a luau, and more community meals than one can handle!

Thursday was Academic Day, in which new students spend time with their specific colleges, departments, and programs. We caught up with several students at the picnic lunch to get their take on the week.

Taylor Ruggero, a criminal justice major from Philadelphia who aims to go into the FBI, said she was excited about the extensive amount of events offered by our College Activities Board. Her favorite part of orientation was being hypnotized into thinking she was driving a car 300mph. Meanwhile, Emily Welch, a Henrietta local and criminal justice major who eventually wants to become a lawyer, said she was excited about all of the clubs on campus, mainly for dance as well as our Greek community.

Marie Bianconi comes to us as a political science transfer student from the Albany, NY area, and is excited about the seemingly endless spread of classes offered at RIT. She enjoyed that the orientation offered separate accommodations for transfer students, providing a more laid back experience. Finally, Jessica Estevez comes to us all the way from the southern Brazilian state of Pelotas, and is excited about the local art scene here. She is a welcome addition to our large and diverse international community.

If the academic year is anything like our orientation, it should be smooth, exciting, and enriching for all involved. We look forward to it! And welcome, new students!