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Bobcat Student Orientation

Bobcat Student Orientation

As a unit of the Office of First-Year & Student Transitions (FYrST), Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is responsible for the successful orientation of all new undergraduate students at Ohio University, Athens campus. Our programs are designed to ensure all students and their families/guests are welcomed, comfortable in their transitions, connected to campus resources, and confident in their academic schedules before beginning their first semester on the Athens campus of Ohio University.

We strive to create a welcoming environment where students have a sense of belonging and can easily connect to peers, faculty, and staff to establish a network of support. We accomplish this through intentional program design and assessment focused primarily on the student experience, by eliminating stress in the transition process and maintaining a service-oriented mindset.

 

 

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What Our Orientation Leaders Say

Meet Our Student Orientation Leaders

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Rachel Agosta
Administrative Orientation Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Circleville, OH

Major: Integrated Mathematics

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Student Alumni Board, Math Supplemental Instruction Leader for the AAC, Mentor for The Patton College of Education

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I would have known more about what the experience was all about. I truly thought that it was just about scheduling classes and listening to speakers all day and it ended up being so much more than that and it’s an experience I really look back on and miss.

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Katie Arnold
Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Tiffin, OH

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: President of Creative Expressions, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I was extremely nervous coming into orientation. I wish I would have known that orientation is nothing to stress about, but rather the first step in becoming a Bobcat!

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Connor Beeman
Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Major: English: Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Art, Poetry, and Performance scenes around campus, President of F-Word Performers, Intern with New Ohio Review

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Don't let your nerves get the better of you. Do things you wouldn't do before and put yourself out there. You have nothing to lose by trying new things at college.

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Ellie Burke
College Representative, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Wellston, OH/Milton Mills, NH

Major: Visual Communication: Interactive/Multimedia

4th Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: FYrST Office, Orientation Leader, OMSAR Peer Mentor, Media Intern at CoArts (CoFA), member of Project C, member of Hall Council

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Don't worry if you don't find your group of friends right away. The right people will come along eventually, and you'll know when they do.

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Mia Caine
Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Psychology

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Volunteer Chair of Psychology Club, Working in the CIRS lab in the Psychology Department, VP and Personal Relations Chair for the American Sign Language Club, Sigma Kappa sorority

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

That it is okay to be nervous about orientation or attending school in the fall. It can be an overwhelming process for many students, and it is completely normal to feel that way.

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Emilee Caudill
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Journalism and Communications

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Member of ASAP

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Be open to the new experiences about to come your way! College is what you make of it, so it is up to you to make these the best four years of your life! Be safe, be smart, and have fun!

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Ana Colón
Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Lorain, OH

Major: Vocal Performance

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio University Opera Theatre, New Chords on the Block (a cappella), Learning Community Leader

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

You should feel more comfortable by the end of orientation, but it is not wrong to feel like you are behind or unprepared, and if you do feel that way so does everyone else.

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Ava Da Re
College Representative, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Martins Ferry, OH

Major: Painting and Drawing

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Work-Study as the School of Art + Design Main Office

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

It may seem like you need to make every decision about the rest of your life right now, but this is a time to learn about yourself and pursue what makes you happiest! Don't sweat what makes you nervous, it will all settle down once you've been a Bobcat for a little while.

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Braeden Dang
Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Belton, TX

Major: Aviation Flight | Aviation Management

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: President of Flying Bobcats Precision Flight Team, Learning Community Leader, Member of Women in Aviation

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Try to have fun and make friends, most people don't know anyone else too.

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Ellie Day
Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Psychology Pre-Med

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Philanthropy Chair of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology Lab

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Ohio University is full of so many different opportunities to grow as a person and meet new people, take advantage of every opportunity to get involved and make friends.

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Sarah Donaldson
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Journalism — News and Information

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: The New Political, WOUB Public Media, Ohio University CHAARG, Freelance work for The Athens NEWS

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Venture beyond campus and Court Street. The Athens community is a wonderful one with a ton of really unique experiences.

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Cristina Formichelli
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Chesterland, OH

Major: Journalism News and Information

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio University Odyssey – Treasurer, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Jitterbug Swing Dance Club, BobcaThon Dance Marathon, Acronauts Acroyoga Club

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Put yourself out there even if it’s scary! Especially if it’s scary. Your best memories and experiences happen outside your comfort zone.

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Grace Fowler
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Delaware, OH

Major: Integrated Media

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and Live Positive

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

To have an open mind about new experiences because you never know what you might end up enjoying!

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Miranda Gillilan
Orientation Coordinator for Family and Guest Programs

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Reedsville, OH

Major: Media and Social Change

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: College Ambassador for the Scripps College of Communication, Member of the Ohio Fellows program

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Stay open-minded about the opportunities that appear to you! I never imagined that I would become an orientation leader when I started college because I was so shy. However, I took the leap and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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Sydney Hall
College Representative, College of Health Science and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Belpre, OH

Major: Nursing

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: University Professor selection committee

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Don’t be afraid to be who you are, college is a time to explore yourself and become a better version of who you already are, don’t fear changes, and be sure to try new things.

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Sarah Hall
Coordinator for Student Programs

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: New Bremen, OH

Major: Sociology & Women's Gender Sexuality Studies

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Co-Chair for the University Professor Selection Committee, Committee member of the Bobcat's Helping Bobcat's Committee, Subcommittee member for the Meal Bank Committee.

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I knew that it was okay to be nervous! Being a new student is overwhelming and scary, but also exciting!

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Cody Huebner
Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Toledo, OH

Major: Management & Strategic Leadership, Business Analytics

4th Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Assistant Resident Director in Crawford-Mackinnon Complex with Housing & Residence Life, Intern with Housing Business Operations, Brother in Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

I wish I knew the importance of forming connections and embracing the on-campus living situation because you get to meet so many people in the same boat as you.  It really makes starting this journey that much easier.

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Rhianna Hunt
College Representative, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Newark, OH

Major: Biological Sciences

3rd Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Service Chair for Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Tour Guide, Mentee in the Women's Mentorship Program through the Women's Center, PACE student at the Ohio University Genomics Facility

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

To get involved in something, literally anything. Once you get involved you really start to feel connected to campus, which makes college so much easier.

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Ashlee Jackson
College Representative, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Fairlawn, OH

Major: Family and Consumer Sciences - Community Leadership

4th Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Patton College of Education Deans Circle of Engagement, C. Odom Peer Mentor, Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, Culture of Respect: Ending Campus Sexual Violence: A NASPA initiative and OHIO Collective, TRIO College Achievement Program, Housing and Residence Life

What is an interesting or fun fact about you?

I volunteered in Tanzania, East Africa this past summer where I had the opportunity to teach English to young women, design and paint an elementary school's playground mural, swim with wild dolphins, and learn the Swahili language.

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Kay Jurma
College Representative, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Media and Social Change

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Friday’s Live, women’s comedy show, 48-hour shootout, independent short films

What is an interesting or fun fact about you?

I did the OHIO-in-LA program where I interned at a talent agency and a nonprofit doing post-production.

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Maggie Kahler
Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Community and Public Health

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Resident Assistant, Lifeguard at Ohio's Aquatics Center.

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It is okay to not have every detail ironed out going into it. I felt worried about needing to know my major and having a decision about my career field. When in reality, it was completely fine to not know.

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Danielle Klein
Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Athens, OH

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Student Senate: Russ College of Engineering Senator & Assistant Chief of Staff
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What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

There is a place for every bobcat at OU, if you don't feel like you've found your place yet continue to reach out and get involved.

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Maddi Lind
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Jackson Township, Canton, OH

Major: Family and Consumer Science

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: AAFCS

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Ask questions! No question is a bad question, everyone here is to help and guide you on to your next experience here at Ohio University.

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Sophia Lingrell
Orientation Leader, College of Health Science and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Urbana, OH

Major: Applied Nutrition

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Alpha Gamma Delta Philanthropy chair, OU Nutrition Club, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Everyone is just as nervous and scared as you are, and it is okay.

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Jake Lundgren
Orientation Leader, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Pickerington, OH

Major: Integrated Social Studies Education AYA

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: National Residence Hall Honorary- Director of Outreach, OU Acronauts- Fundraising Chair, Shively/Perkins Hall Council- RA Liaison, Patton College Ambassador, Alpha Lambda Delta- honors society, Blue Pencil Comedy, Bobcathon, Jitterbugs Swing Dancing

What is an interesting or fun fact about you?

I was named a “Star of Tomorrow” by the Society of American Magicians.

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Minna Njeh
Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Clarksville, MD

Major: Chemistry Pre-Med

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi (Honor Fraternity), Phi Delta Epsilon (Pre-Med Fraternity), Student Alumni Board, Young Women Leaders Program, Academic Achievement Center Tutor, Learning Community Leader

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Everyone is looking for friends the first couple of days on campus - be open to that and you’ll meet so many people! Some of them may end up being your best friends here!

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Grace Petrie
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Creative Expressions and NSSLA

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Step out of your comfort zone and try new things! Joining clubs and different organizations at Ohio University I wouldn't usually join has led to me to so many amazing experiences and people. Ohio University has so much to offer and it’s so important to try new things!

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Zach Robbins
Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Loveland, OH

Major: AYA Integrated Mathematics Education

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Greek Life

What is an interesting or fun fact about you?

I have ridden my motorcycle around the entire country. I went from Cincinnati to Seattle, down the west coast to San Diego and then across the bottom part of the US to New Orleans and then back home to Cincinnati. All in all, the trip took about 35 days, and I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my dad and sister.

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Julia Schneider
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Stow, OH

Major: History

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Resident Assistant, Secretary of Picardy Thirds acapella, Treasurer of Bryan Hall Council, Intern at the Southeast Ohio History Center, Mentee in the Women's Mentoring Program, Margaret Boyd Scholar, Ohio University History Association

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Your college experience is what you make of it. Take advantage of the opportunities and events that present themselves.

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Cheyenne Smith
Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: West Chester, OH

Major: Management and Strategic Leadership

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Use your resources and get to know your professors! They are here for you as a student to help you succeed!

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Gabie Soto
Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Major: Biology Pre-Physical Therapy

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Physical Therapy Club and CHAARG

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It's okay to not have your whole college career mapped out before coming to college, so many opportunities await.

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Meg Tobin
College Representative, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Communications

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Chi Theta professional business fraternity and Learning Communities

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Everyone is in the same spot as you. Don’t be afraid to make connections and ask questions.

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Beau Uqdah
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Integrated Language Arts and WGSS

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Social Fraternity, Academic Fraternity, Transfer Student Organization

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Be open to what can happen or it’s a time for reinvention, you can try whatever you want to find a place for you.

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Lindsey Watrobsky
Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Early Childhood Education

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: SECO and OU Vibrations

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I knew my PID, that’s one of the first things they’ll ask you!

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Brandon Weigand
Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Canal Fulton, OH

Major: Actuarial Science

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Learning Community Leader, Resident Assistant

What is an interesting or fun fact about you?

I've been skydiving!

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Noah Wright
Orientation Leader, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Akron, OH

Major: Strategic Communication

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Student Senate - PR, Social Media, and Off-Campus Senator, The Post - Assistant Opinion Editor

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn new things and meet new people, even if it’s not what you’re used to.