Being a peer dean is a very rewarding experience. We act as the orientation leaders for the new students, but it is really so much more than that. We are given this amazing opportunity to bond with our fellow Xavierites, old and new, in a way that others who attend Xavier do not. As peer deans, we all faced similar struggles like of waking up early every day that helped us all bond together as a group.
Among this year’s events, the Welcome Back Extravaganza and “106 &Drexel” Talent Show were some of the best moments of orientation. Peer deans entertained the new students with skits about life at Xavier, new students exposed their creative style through acting, singing, spoken word and dance. A new event that was added this year by the Peer Dean Planning Committee (PDPC) was skate night. It was a fun-filled night that gave new students, peer deans, and some of the faculty a chance to have fun away from campus while on four wheels!
So now that orientation has come and gone, I have a few words of encouragement for the new students. Xavier is a great school and you are here to study and do well in your classes, but remember college is also about memories and experiences. Don’t be afraid to branch out, get involved on campus, and have fun. Good luck with everything!