What to Bring to the First Year Student Orientation Program:
- Blanket/Sleeping Bag
- Shower Shoes
- Shower Caddy
- Toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothbrush)
- Fan (optional)
- Dress in weather appropriate and comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be outside at times during your overnight orientation session.
- A little extra cash for snacks and drinks from the vending machines.
- Any new official transcripts or advanced placement testing scores and any other documents if you participated in Dual Enrollments programs or attended a prior institution.
- Questions and/or concerns you may have.
- A small snack. The program does provide meals however it is always better to be prepared and keep your strength up!
- Questions and/or concerns you may have.
What NOT to Bring to the First Year Student Orientation Program:
- Alcohol or illegal substances are not allowed. Please keep in mind when you attend Orientation at Bridgewater State University you are to comply with college policies.
- Guests. Due to the nature of our comprehensive program we can not accommodate guests. Please encourage family members, friends and fellow Bridgewater State University students to support you by not attending the program with you. *If they would like they can attend the Family Orientation program (only available in June). There will be resources available to you the entire day to ensure you have a great and successful experience.
Understanding this information will help make your first day at Bridgewater State University a real success!
* An orientation fee will be charged directly to your bill
Hi everyone! My name is Leanne Lowell and I am going to begin my junior year at Bridgewater State University this fall! I am beyond excited to return to campus this summer as an Orientation Leader on the 2013 Summer Orientation Staff. This will be my second summer as an Orientation Leader and I couldn’t be happier to receive this opportunity once again! I am currently studying Corporate Communication at BSU and I am looking to graduate with a minor in Public Relations and Management. I love to be involved on campus and have found myself taking part in a large variety of activities. I joined Greek Life in the spring of my freshman year and I currently hold the position as social chair of my sorority. I was also recently elected to hold the position of Co-Director of Sorority Recruitment on the
Panhellenic Executive Board and I am happy to be serving as a member of the Greek Activities Board. I am also a proud member of the Bridgewater State University Ultimate Frisbee team and enjoy spending
my time going to tournaments across New England with my teammates. In my spare time, I also work on campus several times a week in our Connect Card and Parking Services office and play on a variety of intramural sports teams. I am so excited to welcome the Class of 2017 to Bridgewater State University and to get the chance to show many of you all of the amazing things that this university has to offer. Welcome to Bridgewater! See you this summer!
Major: Double Major of Elementary Education and English with a concentration in writing
Involvements: Executive Board Member of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority Epsilon Iota Chapter, Resident Assistant of Shea Hall (Senior Resident Assistant for Shea Hall in Fall of 2013), RHA member, CPDC volunteer.
Why you applied to be an OL: I applied to be an Orientation Leader to give back and help enrich the community of Bridgewater State University. In applying, I hope that being an Orientation Leader would enable me to do that, and to spark a positive difference in the lives of incoming students. I believe that by instilling and enhancing confidence in myself within the Orientation Leader role and will help spark it in others. What I hope to get out of the program is to share experiences and new responsibilities, and to open my mind to new perspectives I have not yet explored. Helping students find their path is something I am passionate and prepared for.
Your Orientation experience: My Orientation experience the summer of 2011 was truly amazing. I didn’t think I would find a welcoming community at college so early in my career, but I can remember how willingly the Orientation Leaders made each incoming student feel. I remember each Orientation Leader being so caring, enthusiastic and encouraging that all incoming students somehow get involved on campus. Seeing the past Orientation Leaders as such role models has made me realized that I would like to give back to the BSU community by being that role model to new incoming students.
My name is C.J. Minich and I am a sophomore at Bridgewater State. I am majoring in Social Work and I have a minor in Psychology. I have been involved in many programs at BSU the last two years such as the Swimming and Diving team, the Honors Program, and a sorority. I have also held many jobs on campus such as Student Security Officer, lifeguard at Kelly Gym, and a diving coach for the Bridgewater-Raynham Swimming and Diving team. This will be my first summer as an Orientation Leader and I am wicked excited to meet the incoming first year students and transfer students!
Hi everybody! My name is Cam Grimes and I’m going to be a senior at BSU majoring in economics and math. My involvements include the BSU Ice Hockey team, Greek Life, the First Year Institute, and the Student Weekends Activities Team. I applied to be an Orientation Leader because of the connection with first year students. I want to have an impact on all the students and make sure their transition to college is the best that it can be. I’m looking forward to the summer and meeting you all!
Hey! I’m Jen Haugen, and I am beyond excited to be an Orientation Leader this summer! I am going into my junior year majoring in Elementary and Special Education (dual license program) and Sociology. For the past two years at BSU, I have been apart of the first year Community Service Residential Learning Community (RLC), and the upper classmen Social Justice RLC. I have also worked as a Jumpstart Corps member and a Peer Mentor for students in the ICE program. My involvements have increased over my years at Bridgewater, and becoming an Orientation Leader will allow me to become even more involved. I cannot wait to share my experiences with new students and the class of 2017. I look forward to showing new Bears what Bridgewater State University is all about, and the many exciting opportunities that lie ahead! Talk to you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Fernando-Cole and I am one of your Orientation Leaders this summer! I am going to be a junior and am majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. I am involved in Greek Life, Residence Hall Association, and I hold an E-board position in Panhellenic Association and Free the Children. I am also a member of the Social Justice Residential Learning Community and was in the Service-Based Residential Learning Community last year. My Orientation was an incredible first experience with college. It answered a lot of my questions and got me so excited to come to Bridgewater in the fall! This is my first year as an OL and I applied to be an OL because I wanted show all of the incoming students my love for Bridgewater and make the transition from high school to college as easy as possible. I want to create the best Orientation experience possible for the class of 2017, just like mine was! I am very excited to meet and work with all of you in June!
Hello everyone! My name is Escarolyn Garcia and I will be an upcoming sophomore. I am currently studying Communications with a concentration in Broadcast/Media Studies. I am involved in La Sociedad Latina on campus in which I hold an executive board position. Next year, I will be living in East Hall. I am a very fun, persistent, and outgoing girl. I applied to be an Orientation Leader to make this an outstanding, fun, and interesting transition for you! Bridgewater State University has so much to offer so you can be a successful well-rounded individual. You guys are going to have the best time ever and I cannot wait to work with you all. Are ready Bears?!
My name is Kayla Hindle and I’m a senior majoring in elementary education and English. Throughout my entire college career, I have been apart of the planning committee for Relay For Life of Bridgewater State University, spending the last two years serving as event co-chair. I am a proud sister of and Recording Secretary for Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, Gamma Iota chapter. I have participated in alternative break trips to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Habitat for Humanity and to Washington, D.C. with Greek life to work with hunger and homelessness. I have also gone on a two-week study tour to Hawai’i to study multiculturalism. I have been a Student Security Officer for two years. During my freshman year, I lived in Woodward Hall and lived in the Great Hill Student Apartments for the next three years, but I will be commuting in the fall while I complete my student teaching.
I applied to be an OL originally because I thought it’d be great experience. I wanted to take on a leadership role in which I could represent the university that has given me so much. I also knew several other people applying, and they gave me the encouragement to do it. I reapplied to be an OL because the experience ended up being even more than I could have hoped for. I learned so much about myself, made great friends, and helped transition over one hundred incoming freshman. My Orientation experience was fairly average overall, but I remember it being my first chance to really embrace the idea of going to Bridgewater and I love that I can be apart of that experience for someone else. I’m so excited to welcome the Class of 2017!
Hey class of 2017! My name is Jasmin Hicks! This will be my first summer as an Orientation Leader and I am beyond excited to meet all of you. The Fall Semester will mark the start of my second year here at Bridgewater. I am majoring in Biology, although I participate in Chemistry research here on campus. I have acted as a BSU representative for a STEM Exploration Event and I occasionally work as a tour guide for the amazing new science and math building. I applied to be an OL because I wanted to get even more involved around campus and I figured there was no better way to start than by welcoming all of the new students to this wonderful institution. Orientation this summer will be a fun learning experience for all of the incoming students as well as our team of OLs; I am glad to be a part of it! I can’t wait to begin; See you soon!
Hey everyone! My name is Dave Tice and I’m very excited to get started on my first year as an Orientation Leader! I am an Aviation Major on campus with a concentration in flight training. My main involvements on campus involve the Air Force ROTC program and I’m an active brother in one of our awesome on campus fraternities. My involvements on campus introduced me to some pretty inspiring people and that actually led to my applying to become and Orientation Leader. During my time at Orientation I met one of my now best friends (who also happens to be on the Orientation Staff with us, go figure!) and I really got a feel for the campus and what it had to offer. And what I learned did lend a bit of comfort. I would like to help develop the same kind of comfort to incoming students and show them college isn’t that scary if you don’t let it be. Thanks for taking the time to read my little story and I’ll end with a message to all the students getting ready to become a member of the Bridgewater State family; when I was sitting in my Orientation I could never have imagined myself one day wearing the red polo of an OL. So I encourage you to keep an open mind in everything you do here at BSU and take some new chances, because you never know where it might lead you!
My name is Kris Tangen (I know with a K that’s awesome right?) I’m going to be a junior at BSU! I come from an extremely small town called Norton where I played football and coached basketball. I’ve changed my major a total of 3 times which is an insane number but honestly I’m extremely glad because it’s helped me figure out exactly what I want to do, kind of helped me a lot too because I thought you had to have it all figured out when you got to college when truthfully it’s the opposite, I found that this is the time to figure yourself out and in turn figure out who you are! I do intramurals, I’m involved in Greek life and have a leadership position on my fraternity’s executive counsel , I have been volunteering with special Olympics for 7 years at Bridgewater, I also work with the Bridge Partnership to help at risk youths. I also carry a full time job on campus so you could say I’m kind of involved. I’ve loved my time at Bridgewater and my favorite part hands down would be the awesome community here! If you have any questions feel free to contact me! Orientation is going to be what you make of it and I’d 100% advocate to have a great time because that’s exactly what college is about is enjoying your time and learning about who you can become!
My name is Julie Cronin and I am going to be an Orientation Leader this summer! I am currently a Junior here at BSU majoring in Sociology with a minor in Civic Education and Community Leadership. I am involved on campus in different programs including Friends and Mentors for Change, the Honors Program, the Sociology Honor Society, and am in a sorority in which I currently hold an Executive Board position. I also work at the Payroll office on campus. I could not be more excited to be an Orientation Leader this summer and to show incoming students all of the incredible opportunities that BSU has to offer!