Being an Orientation Leader is demanding work that requires commitment and dedication. For the full week prior to the beginning of fall classes Orientation Leaders will be quite busy. During this week, other obligations and responsibilities should be avoided altogether. Orientation Leaders will be involved in all aspects of Calvin's new student orientation program. Responsibilities will continue into the first semester as Orientation Leaders serve as assistants to the instructors of the First Year Seminar program for first-year students.
Calvin's orientation program is divided into a summer component (Passport) and a fall component (Quest). And connected to the Quest program is the First Year Seminar class, which will conclude by the mid-point of the fall semester. Orientation Leaders will participate in all aspects of the Quest program and help with First Year Seminar class, but not the Passport program.
- Spring: All Orientation Leaders will attend a leadership training event on Friday, May 8.
- Summer: Orientation Leaders are NOT required to be in Grand Rapids for the summer. We will send information to Orientation Leaders throughout the summer via email and Facebook.
- Fall: All Orientation Leaders are expected to be at Calvin early August 27 to participate in a three-day training retreat followed by two days of training on campus. During QUEST, which begins Wednesday, September 2, Orientation Leaders will mentor a group of approximately 22 new students through all of the scheduled activities including small group discussions, a diversity seminar, group building games, and a service-learning project.
- Orientation Leaders will assist new students in moving into the residence halls and will generate enthusiasm for informal networking and social activities.
- During and after the orientation program, Orientation Leaders will also participate in a reflective evaluation of the entire orientation program.
- Responsibilities during the First Year Seminar class for first semester include attending 7 two hour class sessions, facilitating their Quest group in small group discussion, and meeting with the instructor to prepare for class.
- Orientation Leaders will be expected to plan one group activities and meet individually or in small groups with every student before the completion of the fall semester.