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Orientation, Imagine RIT & Spring Juggle-In

Emily Okey on Sunday, 19 April 2009. Posted in Clubs, Orientation, Student Life

Every minute of my life seems to be accounted for-- in a good way I suppose. Knowing that we only have four weeks until the end of the quarter makes it a little easier. The only hard part is that it's been around 60 degrees outside for the past week which makes me want to run around outside instead of work on projects-- oops! 

A few weeks ago I interviewed for an Orientation Assistant (OA) position for next year and I got an email this past week saying that I was accepted! For those of you who may not know, we have a pretty unusual and amazing orientation program for freshman here. Move in for freshman is a week before everyone else which allows time for you to get to know each other as well as time to get used to life away from home. You'll be assigned to a group of between 12 and 15 (if i remember correctly) people with one orientation assistant (me!) for the entire week. These groups are based on your academic college (college of imaging arts and sciences, engineering, college of liberal arts, etc.). Personally, I found it really helpful for them to be divided up by college because I was able to meet a bunch of people I would be taking classes with before school even started. This week is really relaxing (some early mornings but I promise it's not that bad). Monday night of orientation week is when you'll first get the chance to meet up with your OA and group to get to know each other. Throughout the week you'll get to know this group closely through ice breakers, going to events on campus together and just hanging out. One of the coolest things that I remember from last year was College Day. Each college had their own activity, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) went to a giant warehouse in Rochester that is actually an art museum-- it was really neat, we all got to wander around looking at this place that was absolutely packed with art and then they gave us lunch and what not. I know the college of liberal arts all went to a park downtown to have a picnic. As for night time activities, there is everything from sign language 101 classes to movies, comedians, outdoor dances, bands on greek lawn, late night ice skating, and acoustic music. It's a really great way to get out and meet people. 

May 2nd is Imagine RIT.  This is a campus-wide Innovation and Creativity Festival that is meant to show projects that all of the different colleges of RIT have been working on. If you check out the website you'll see there will be tons of events on campus. My roommate and I have signed up to volunteer at one of the welcome booths from 9:30 until 3. If you're in the area you should definitely come check it out! 

Last night my roommate and I drove over to Rush Henrietta High School for the 32nd Annual RIT Spring Juggle-In. The Juggle-In is a 3 day event hosted by a number of organizations including Student Government, the RIT juggling club and the University of Rochester Strong Jugglers. I can't juggle to save my life but it's really cool to watch other people do it! During the day in the Clark Gym on campus they have different activities and workshops and then last night was a show put on by people who have been training for anywhere between 3 and 12 years. It was definitely worth checking out.