EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Riding the orientation
Thrust and Perry
By: Dan Perry
It was loud, physically exhausting and even,
at one point, very foamy. Orientation Week 2003 drew to a close
on Saturday night and with my Huron soph uniform sopping wet
on University College Hill, I had an epiphany.
O-week, while being targeted at the first-year
students and seeking to welcome them to Western's community,
is just as much for the volunteers who make it happen - the
A lot of people maintain the best friends
they made were some of the first faces they saw in university,
people who started out as "the big guy across the hall"
who helped you move your fridge or "the girl you danced
with for the entire concert" before even learning her name.
As I learned this week however, the lifelong
friendships made in that initially awkward first week are not
only made by the first-year students. Simply put, frosh week
is for us too.
If nothing else, frosh week is a great way
to kick off the year by getting together with old and new friends
alike and cementing the bonds by going the extra yard for each
other to achieve a common goal.
With the legacies of O-weeks past looming
over every orientation event, it's a difficult job to be a soph.
A precious few missteps and the most comprehensive orientation
program in the country could implode. As Spider-Man so aptly
put it, with great power comes great responsibility.
As a soph, you can take part in the events
all over again. For the majority of the over 800 of us, once
the (ridiculous) uniforms go on, there's an unspoken sense of
community that allows us to talk to complete strangers and have
a blast just going crazy together.
This is probably the most work you can do
at Western without feeling like you're at work. It may also
be the most direct way to give back to your school, as in many
cases there is a one-to-one rapport between frosh and sophs.
You're helping not only the individual students with their jitters,
but the entire Western community, representing this school and
its second-to-none O-week, building campus citizens to carry
on what may well be the most important service on campus.
Frosh out there, I'm talking to you. If you
felt like your O-week was one of the biggest rushes you've ever
had, apply to be a soph next year - it's up to you to make sure
next year's freshman class has as much fun as you did.