Performing Arts Pre-Orientation
Like many freshmen, I was very nervous in the weeks leading up to move-in. To give myself the maximum time possible to adjust to college life before starting classes, I'd signed up for a pre-orientation program, which meant I'd arrive on campus a week earlier than most other freshmen to do various themed activities. In my case, it was the Performing Arts Pre-O, and picking it may have been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Although we were, each one, a little shy and a bit awkward in our own ways, we clicked pretty quickly as a group. We bonded over trips to Broadway to see The Wedding Singer, among other outings, and we spent our downtime playing theater games (walking the grid) and writing and rehearsing an original show (a show that we performed for the rest of the freshman class and that was very well-received I might add!). Even after the end of Pre-O week, the group mostly stayed together—and grew over time as we adopted a few roommates of people in the group and other theatrically or musically inclined classmates. From then on, it was all midnight bagels trips, heart-to-heart chats in the lounge, tech-week study/support groups, spring break trips to Vermont, and more.
- Frank Riccobono '10 M.S. '10