Meet a Student Orientation Coordinator
Alexandrea Hammonds answers questions about Golden Eagle Orientation and gives a glimpse of Brockport life.
As a senior, a student orientation coordinator, and a resident assistant, Alexandrea Hammonds has all the answers. Get to know her in this Q&A:
What was it like for you at your orientation?
“I was super nervous. I picked my outfits out weeks in advance. But I had nothing to worry about. It was super chill. My orientation leaders were able to break the ice really well."
“There were times at orientation when you first step in; you get really overwhelmed, and you can forget who you are. It’s kind of weird. As a freshman, you’re like, ‘Who am I?’ And then you’re like, ‘I can be anyone I want.’
“I went by Allie in high school, but I thought I was going to go by Lexi, actually, in college. I really did want to be a completely new person. I was ready to drop everything and be Lexi. But then my mom was like, ‘That’s so stupid. What are you doing?’ So, I stayed with Allie. I met these girls and we just stuck together during orientation. I tried to meet other people, too, but it was nice to have them as my people. The first week of college, we stayed in touch. It was nice to have those people to go into college with.”
“I just ended up being the same me I always was. I mean — that’s Allie.”
What’s orientation day like for freshmen?
“We start off with check-in, and they're separated from their parents right away. Then, we get them to their rooms, they have a few minutes to wander the campus, and then the sessions start. After the welcome, we get into our OL (Orientation Leader) groups. In the OL groups, you can see and talk to your OLs, and we have a couple of ice breakers. Then we have more sessions, and after that, College Life Live.”
If someone is nervous, how can they prepare to have the best experience at Golden Eagle Orientation?
“Personally, when I first came in, I just had to drop down my guard. I came in guarded. But once I just let myself be me and be open to meeting new people, I thought it was a blast.”
“Orientation is the perfect platform to be out there all the time. I aways saying 'hi' to random people — because that’s how you’re going to meet people. I would be like, ‘Hey, I’m Allie. I’m from Buffalo,’ and they’d be like, ‘Hey, I’m from Spencerport.’ If you just go up to them and start talking, it’s usually fine.”
What tips would you give new students?
“We’re with you every step of the way. So, you’re never going to be alone, and you’re always going to know what’s going on. Don’t be overwhelmed. Just take in what you can. And I think the most important things you can take away are the things that you can get involved with on campus. Everything is written down. You don’t have to absorb everything while making 60 new friends. And then your RAs (Resident Assistants) are with you on campus.”
What is it like to be a student orientation leader?
“It’s so fun. It’s one of the best positions. It’s my second summer doing this. You see these OLs, and you’re like, 'OMG, they’re so high energy; they’re so crazy. I wonder what they’re like in their free time. And we're kind of the same way. We’re always crazy; we’re always having fun together. I’ve met some of my best friends through it. What I love about orientation, specifically, is that we literally get to be the first people these students meet on campus. The impact that we can have on them is crazy. I talk to my orientees from last year; even now they still ask me questions. I love having that impact, getting to hear their stories and learn from them, because they come from so many different backgrounds. It’s great getting to meet so many people.”