the top ten reasons to be an orientation leader!

Great news! We’ve just extended the deadline for orientation leader applications to Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m.!

Thinking of applying to be an orientation leader, but feeling unsure about making the commitment? Looking forward to starting your application, but getting so excited every time you think about orientation that you can’t keep your mind on anything else? Great news:

You’ve come to the right place!

We asked current and past orientation leaders to compile a top ten list to describe the experiences they’ve had with the new student orientation program, to give you a better idea of what you can expect as a member of the orientation staff. They think you should apply to be a leader, and so do we! Here’s why:

10. Campus resources! As an Orientation Leader, you’ll likely learn more about the Hampshire campus and campus resources than you have thus far. A big part of orientation training is learning about these resources so that you can be more informed when working with new first-year and transfer students. The information you receive preparing for orientation will undoubtedly benefit you as you continue to navigate your Hampshire experience, and you’ll be super helpful to your orientees.

9. Skills! The skills you’ll learn in orientation training will be useful to you beyond orientation. The leadership skills that you’ll acquire through being an orientation leader will help you to make a positive impact in your community, on and off campus. You’ll also gain facilitation skills by working with your co-leader and your orientation group. You’ll build your resume while making a difference in the lives of new students. Sounds good to us!

8. Learning from your peers! As an orientation leader, you’ll be in training sessions with students from all different divisions and backgrounds. Listening to the opinions and experiences of other students when discussing their time at Hampshire can be a great learning experience, and can further expand your understanding of the Hampshire community on the whole.

7. Positive change! Didn’t enjoy your own orientation group experience? As an orientation leader, you’ll have the opportunity to create positive change and help us to improve the new student orientation program. Take what didn’t work for you when you were a first-year and make it better for the new students — they’ll thank you!

6. Repeat performances!  Love the welcome ceremony? Want to help introduce students to the climbing wall or host a meet and greet? You can do it all again, and help us to make it even better!

5. Relationship building! You’ll make a lot of new friends during orientation, both with your fellow leaders and the new students coming in. The people you meet could become lifelong friends, all because of the bond you made during the orientation program. (This happens ALL the time!) As an orientation leader, you’ll also become a part of a unique community of orientation staff, a bond that you can carry with you throughout your time at Hampshire.

4. Perks! As an orientation leader, you’ll get to return to campus early, be fed by the orientation program, wear a fancy orientation leader t-shirt, AND receive a stipend. Who knows, you may even get a chance to take a ride on the orientation golf cart with Jessica Ortiz and Pam Tinto. What’s not to love?

3. Representing Hampshire! Orientation leaders are chosen to be representatives of Hampshire during one of the most important times of the year. As an orientation leader, you’ll represent Hampshire to the community of new students and families, and will have the opportunity to share your experiences with these individuals. It’s an honor to be chosen to represent Hampshire at this crucial time, and something that our leaders are very proud of!

2. It’s fun! Orientation is such a fun time of year, and the positive energy on campus is palpable. It’s warm, it’s sunny, you’re outside, and you’re at Hampshire! Sounds good to us.

1. You know you want to! Seriously, you know you want to, so what are you waiting for? Applications can be accessed by visiting the application website. Learn more about what’s required, the selection timeline, and more! Don’t wait — applications are due on Sunday, March 5!

Still have questions? Feel free to email us at for more information.

7 thoughts on “the top ten reasons to be an orientation leader!

  1. I agree with the aforementioned points why it is worth taking orientation training. When I was a team member of orientation campus I learned how to be useful to community and I enjoyed training with first-year and transfer students. This is great experience to be honest!

  2. There are several leadership styles that vary from nature of work to industries. Diverse orientation experiences are recognized as the best elements to measure an individuals core leadership capabilities and to make the most out of it. I am studying business and management sciences at Payne Springs University and I think the modern day world of internet has opened a whole new door of publicly available informative knowledge for those who want to become a successful leader in their domain.

  3. If you can learn things which leads to good leader. Watch inspirational video or movies and which can make you more motivative on your goal. Having a unique thoughts also make them best person among their people.

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