Meet the Orientation Leaders (Part 2 of 3)!

Today you will be meeting 12 more Orientation Leaders! At the end of each day we have highlighted our Student Orientation Coordinators. These three students have spent their spring semester planning the orientations programing and will be leading the Orientation Leaders through their training and sessions.


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Jake Ames

Class of 2017, Physical Education and General Management dual major. Loving brother, sports enthusiast, acknowledged bad dancer, pizza connoisseur, and a New England supporter. I’m a bearded, involved individual, with a lot of motivation for the future I hope to see realized.

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Leah Thompson

I am a Junior with a Communication Disorders major and a minor in Psychology. I’m from Essex, Ma and I absolutely love living near the ocean. I’ve worked with kids my entire life and some day I hope to be a Speech Language Pathologist. My favorite thing about BSU is that it can teach anyone about diversity and how to broaden your understanding of the world around you.

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Calvin Sanchez

I am an incoming sophomore who loves to chill and interact with new people. I am a outgoing person from Boston. I am incredibly genuine and love being real with people.

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Andrea Valentini

I am a strategic communications major with a minor in PR and psychology. I have an intense case if wanderlust, so I am going to take a class at Oxford this summer. I love the beach, flannels, daisies and smiling…smiling’s my favorite.

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Rachel Mann

I am an accounting and political science major, also minoring in theater. I’ve been involved with the Student Government Association and Greek Life. I’m looking forward to this summer as an orientation leader!

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Connor McLernon

I’m a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. I really like sports especially basketball, I play intramural basketball here at BSU. I am involved in Greek Life on campus and I will be starting my first year being an RA in the Fall.

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Taylor Almeida

I love lots of things but specifically cats, coffee, writing, and Bridgewater State University. I want to be a 3rd grade teacher one day and hopefully publish a novel. I hope to continue impacting students and my peers throughout both academia and my career.

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Tori Sarsfield

I’m a communications major with a minor in public relations. I’m actively involved on campus by taking part in Greek Life, while also working as a tour guide, and a student program advisor in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. I was on the varsity volleyball division III team here at BSU my freshman year, and now take part in intramural volleyball that fits in better with my busy schedule!

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Kaiya Davis

Lover of dogs, the beach, campus involvement, oldies, and all things blue. Double major in social work and psychology, regretful senior, preppy clothes enthusiast!

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Brittany Churchill

I am a psychology major with a music minor. As a commuter, I found my niche becoming involved in the Student Government Association as Executive Secretary for two years. I have also participated in Ensemble Theatre productions as leading roles including “Squeaky Fromme” in Sondheim’s Assassins, and Juliet in a student directed Shakespearean mash-up Much Ado About a Dream. The past two years I have co-hosted the Campus Movie Fest, and this year hosted the first TEDxBSU event. I can be found in the Academic Achievement Center as a philosophy tutor and peer advisor.

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Galvir Romero

I am a Dominican native, and college junior majoring in Public Health. My passion is serving others without reservations. I enjoy community service and leadership roles like being an orientation leader. I am excited to meet all incoming students and to lend a hand where I can.

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Kimberly Contreras

I am a Junior majoring in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise science and fitness. I am from Brockton and I love BSU because of all the amazing friendships and connections I am constantly making.
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I’m in involved in a few different facets of student life at BSU. Going into my final year at Bridgewater, I will be the Senior RA of the Great Hill Student Apartments residence community on campus, the President of my fraternity, and the President of an honorary dedicated to representing the top 1% of student leaders in the residence halls. I was an Orientation Leader in the summer of 2014 and am now one of the three Student Orientation Coordinators (SOCs) for this June. As a SOC this summer, I’m really looking forward to connecting with the first year students and assist the Orientation Leaders in welcoming them to our community!

In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, watching Netflix, and eating copious amounts of ice cream.


Meet the Orientation Leaders (Part 1 of 3)

With the first session of orientation a week away we wanted to introduce to you our 36 orientation leaders! We will be introducing 13 at a time over three days! Check in on Wednesday and Friday for more introductions.


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Fred Neilan

Hello, I’m currently a Senior here at BSU working towards a degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Pure Mathematics.  I’m also involved in the Honors Program, and I will serving as one of the Resident Assistants for the First Year Honors Residential Learning Community housed in Scott Hall during the upcoming school year. Aside from academics, I enjoy playing video games, working on logic puzzles, and spending time with friends and family!


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Ismaris Ocasio

Senior from Lynn, Ma majoring in Communications Studies with an Anthropology minor. Extremely passionate about self discovery through involvement whether through service, study abroad, or just classes. Understanding my purpose through my college career truly drives me. Can not wait to learn from the incoming Freshman and help guide them in any way I can.

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I am definitely someone who is determined to be successful while maintaining a steady balance of productivity and fun. As a Biology and Psychology double major, I haven’t figured out exactly where I want my career path to go but I know that I have plenty of time! Before Bridgewater I focused solely on playing softball and though I continue to play, I am now involved in so much more. I am the Executive Secretary for Student Government and a member of Greek Life here on campus. I am also an active member of the Honors Program and Honors Student Congress, where I serve as the Peer Mentoring Coordinator and the Scholarship Committee Chair. Outside of Bridgewater, I love spending time at the beach, around a fire, at a country concert, or on the softball field. I also love free time so that I can craft and read! I hope you’re having a great summer and I cannot wait to meet all of you and share my love for Bridgewater with you.
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I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education Dual License  with a second major in English and a concentration in Childhood Studies. I am the President of BSU’s chapter of Student Education Association of Massachusetts (SEAM), a member of the Italian American Student Association (IASA), and an employee at the Writing Studio, located in the Academic Achievement Center. I absolutely love everything that BSU has to offer, and I know with my education here that I will be a thriving teacher in the Boston Public School System one day! I’m excited to share my love and knowledge of BSU to the incoming students as an Orientation Leader!

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Ashley Singarella

I am a Sophomore majoring in special education and psychology  I love to sing, hangout on the beach and hangout with my friends. Some of my favorite things are the colors purple and teal, polar bears, and pictures of baby animals! I have traveled to the Bahamas and would love to one day go to Italy!

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Katherine Nazzaro

I am a junior English Major with a minor in Secondary Education. I am involved in the English Society, Greek Life, and I’m the Senior Programming Assistant for the First Year Service RLC.


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Juliette Zielinski

I am an exercise science major. I am very involved around campus, including but not limited to the Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC), Greek Life, and Residence Hall Association (RHA).  I am  also looking forward to starting my position as an RA in the fall.

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Morganne Lundin

I’m going into my senior year in the BSU Athletic Training Program. My dream job is to work at a D1 college with a field hockey team.  I have been involved in Intrervaristy Christian fellowship since sophomore year, my favorite BSU memory was going on a service trip spring break 2014 to Tampa, Florida and this is my third summer working as an orientation leader!!

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I am from Norwood, MA and am going into my junior year studying Special Ed and Psychology. I am an RA on campus and I am the President of Program Council.

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I am a Social work major and minoring in criminal justice . My nationality is Haitian and I am from Framingham MA. I speak three languages and hope to learn many more! I am involved in many extracurricular activities such as Haitian American Student Association, FAM for change mentoring program, Bridge Partnership, and in a Greek organization. I also work in the library at the circulation desk . My one piece of advice to incoming students is never reject an idea before you try it.


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I a junior, double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. I am involved in different organizations on campus.  I love the beach, the bruins and I have an obsession with chapstick. Sunflowers are my favorite flower and my favorite color is green.
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This is my third year in Orientation and I’m really excited to be working as the SOC this year. When I’m not working I’m studying to earn my Criminal Justice degree and a proud member of BSU’s Fraternity/Sorority life. Some of my favorite classes have been within my major department such as Law and the Judicial Process and Political Theory and the Justice System. I can’t wait to see you all at Orientation and welcome you to our community!


Virtual Tour Part Two

Welcome to part two of our virtual tour! This includes pictures of East Campus which houses Athletics, Administration Buildings and Residence Halls.

BearsEdward C. Swenson Athletic Complex

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Crimson DiningCrimson Dining Hall

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MILESMiles and DiNardo Residence Halls

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TINSLEYAdrian Tinsley Center

Next weeks blog will be an introduction of the Orientation Leaders! Let us know what you’d like to see us cover by tweeting @off2bsu!

Virtual Tour Part One!

This week we wanted to treat our readers to a couple of pictures from around our campus. Below are pictures of only some of the buildings found on campus. If there are any specific building you would like a closer look at, let us know and we will do a post specifically on that building!

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Rondileau Campus Center- Academic and Student Services

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Tune in on Thursday for Part Two of the Virtual Tour!

Not to be Ministered unto but to Minister

Bridgewater State University turns 175!

Many of you may not realize that the school you will be attending in the Fall was founded 175 years ago. Bridgewater Normal School was founded in 1840 and consisted of one room in the Town Hall basement; it is now housed in over 38 buildings across 278 acres. Our name has changed over six times, and in 2010 we became Bridgewater State University.  Bridgewater has added several different buildings throughout their time, the newest being George A. Weygand Hall.

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This residence hall holds 500 students and offers residential housing communities for students. The newest residence hall features state of the art environmental and technological amenities, helping the campus in its energy efficient efforts. The residence hall is named after one of Bridgewater’s very own alumni George A. Weygand.

Currently, there are close to 11,500 students who call themselves Bears, whether they are undergraduate or graduate students. Including Mr. Weygand, Bridgewater’s alumni live in all fifty states and some that are scattered throughout the continents.

For more information about the 175th anniversary, check out the 175th celebration page!

What residence hall would you like to see highlighted next week?

Congratulations Class of 2019!

WELCOME BEARS! Congratulations to the incoming class of 2019!

We are excited to welcome you into our community at Bridgewater State University. With a little more than a month to go, we are feverishly updating our orientation schedule adding engaging, informational and thoughtful topics.

We would love for you to connect with us on all of our social media platforms.. Follow our Twitter account for more information about the school and updates of what’s going on. Our Instagram page is filled with students spreading their love for their “home away from home.”

If you are ever representing Bridgewater State University or think of us, tag the photo with @off2bsu or #off2bsu. Our blog, is where you will be supplied with different information pertaining to Orientation and FAQ’s that you may have. Every week we will be covering different topics to get you ready for First Year Orientation!

We are so excited to be with you for the next chapter of your life! Welcome and remember, everyday is a great day to be a bear!

2015 First Year and Family Orientation Dates!

With the spring semester underway we are excited to announce the dates for both our New Student Orientation programs and our Family Orientation Programs!

First Year Orientation Dates (This is an overnight program)

  • Session 1: June 8-9 (Monday – Tuesday)
  • Session 2: June 11-12 (Thursday – Friday)
  • Session 3: June 15-16 (Monday – Tuesday)
  • Session 4: June 18-19 (Thursday – Friday)
  • Session 5: June 22-23 (Monday – Tuesday)
  • Session 6: June 25-26 (Thursday – Friday)

Family Orientation Dates

  • Monday, June 8th
  • Thursday, June 11th
  • Monday, June 15th
  • Thursday, June 18th
  • Monday, June 22nd
  • Thursday, June 25th

For questions about the First Year Orientation Program please email  newstudentprograms@bridgew.edu.

For questions about the Family Orientation Program please email familyprograms@bridgew.edu.