New student orientation is the intentional process of assisting first-year and transfer students in making the transition to the academic and cultural environment of Calvin College. Orientation Leaders play an integral role in this process by helping new students successfully navigate their first semester on campus; participating with new students in all orientation activities; being an enthusiastic and positive role model; distributing important information in a timely manner; supporting Calvin's mission in day-to-day contact with new students; and assisting in the teaching of the First Year Seminar class during first semester. Each year the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office hires approximately 50 Orientation Leaders.
Any Calvin student with the following characteristics may apply to be an Orientation Leader:
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.
For their dedicated efforts, new and returning Orientation Leaders will receive $350 for participating in both the orientation program and First Year Seminar. As a smaller token of appreciation, they will also receive two complimentary T-shirts.
Orientation Leader application materials must be submitted no later than April 8.
Applicants will be notified if they were selected for individual interviews. Students will sign-up online for these interviews. Orientation Interns and staff will conduct the individual interviews April 13-15. Applicants will then be notified if they made it to the group interview April 17. After the interviews are completed, the orientation staff will select 48 Orientation Leaders. All applicants will then be notified of their status April 20.