|Manhattanville Welcomes the Class of 2017|
Manhattanville College hosts its annual summer orientation to familiarize incoming students with the campus and academic programs before the start of the fall semester. Split into several groups, each equipped with an upperclassman orientation leader, the Class of 2017 participates in campus activities and meets with professors in preparation for life at Manhattanville.
Orientation Leaders Rob Millerick‘14, Spencer Samelson’14 and Conner Scally’15 share their experiences. “This is a great group—they all mingle together and have amazing personalities,” Millerick said of his charges. “They’re all so eager to meet each other and talk about what classes they’re going to take next semester.” Samelson added that the orientation leaders usually play “icebreaker” games so the new students can “connect to one another without pressure” by telling where they are from and discussing their interests. “This summer these games have been a big success,” Scally said. “A lot of times we get students who are quiet and don’t want to participate, but these guys are amazingly social and interested in each other’s differences.”
Ashlee Tisa, of Long Island, conveyed her initial fears about college classes. “I was really nervous, wondering how much different it would be from high school,” she said. “But meeting with my First Year Seminar professor and learning more about the class before the year starts helped to calm me down. Summer orientation caused me to look forward to more than just the social aspect of college. I’m really excited about my other classes and can’t wait to meet the rest of my professors.”
In Reid Hall, students attended the Academic Fair where professors from each department were on hand to answer questions about their programs. Victoria Valentine, of Mamaroneck, discussed her plans for her academic future at Manhattanville. “I’m majoring in Special Education,” she said. “I just know that this is what I want to do and I got a wonderful feeling about Manhattanville’s education program from the start. The information I received on different areas of the college from the professors and returning students has been really helpful.”