12 Things All College Orientation Leaders Know Way Too Well

12 Things All College Orientation Leaders Know Way Too Well

10. You know more icebreaker games than celebrities

There are just some things that come with the title if you are or have ever been an orientation leader for your university. Here are the top 12 things all OLs will know too well!

1. You're living your best life when you're wearing your polo

Khakis on + polo tucked in + name tag clipped = ready to take on the world

2. You always have an extra deodorant with you

No explanation needed.

3. If it was a good (busy) day, your cheeks will hurt from smiling so much

After talking to so many students and parents, the day is over and you wonder why your face is cramping..oh yeah, you said "The restrooms are right down the hall and to the left," with the biggest smile on your face a good 57 times today.

4. Cheer. You always cheer. Always.

It doesn't matter if you've been cheering for 3+ hours every day for the past two weeks, if you hear a cheer, you join in. And you love every second of it.

5. You might not be good at dancing, but you love dancing.

You could be the best or worst dancer in the world, but if music starts playing, you and your orientation team are dancing. No questions asked.

6a. All your friends who aren't OLs will come to you if they have a question about your university

It could be as simple as, "where is this building?" or as complicated as, "how do I change my major and add a minor and still graduate early with honors and get an internship?" but your friends will always come to you because chances are, you know the answer.

6b. You just know way too many things about your university

It's honestly scary how much history, fast facts, and general (or specific) information you know about your school.

7. Your regular group of friends is very different from your OL group of friends

So you have your friends, and they are great and you love them and get along so well. And then you have your OL friends, and they are your family and have seen you in literally every light possible and you still love each other no matter what.

8. Talking to parents/family members is now a specialty of yours

You have the best "talking to adults" voice and you can finesse any conversation you need to.

9. You can't help but try and "sell" your school when you're talking about it...even if you're talking to your friend that attends the school

You just love your school so much and you want everyone to know how great it is.Sometimes you can't even help it.

10. You know more icebreaker games than celebrities

Most people hate icebreakers..but not OLs!

11. Your non-OL friends say you have a regular voice and an "orientation" voice

Someone can ask you a question and then all of a sudden your shoulders are back, eyebrows up, and your voice has raised an octave.

12. You're in love with your school

Being an orientation leader creates such a strong passion and love for your school that will never go away.

Shout out to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Spartan Orientation Staff at UNC Greensboro who inspired this article! I love you all and each of you have impacted my life more than you will ever know! (Special thanks to those who helped me come up with some of these points!)

Cover Image Credit: Ciara Gazaway

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.


I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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