The beginning of September is always an exciting time for us nuts. While I am the only nut still enrolled in school, I know that my fellow contributors still seem to live on the University time-line. Somehow, after spending 4 years as an undergrad, your brain becomes programmed to break down years by semesters. And so, while the world may celebrate the New Year on January 1st, for students (and recent graduates), the start of September has the same impact.
For the past 5 years, all of the contributors of Inanutshell have participated in Carleton University’s CUSA/RRRA Frosh Week in various volunteer positions. As a result, we have worked with thousands of new students, trying to make their initiation into Carleton as smooth, seamless, and fun as possible. Due to new University regulations, we are no longer able to volunteer. It feels very strange to not be heading off to volunteer training this morning, geared up for the amazing week and a half ahead.
Despite the gruelling hours, which promote little to no sleep and the stressful situations that I encountered, participating in Orientation has meant more to me than any other experience at Carleton. Not only did Frosh allow me to feel that I was part of a unique and special group of students, but it was also the platform that introduced me to my fellow nuts, my best friends, my soulmates. And so, my message this morning goes out to those who ARE able to partake in this year’s Frosh Week:
To the first year students: GET INVOLVED. Whether you live off or on campus, do your best to attend as many things as possible. The people who fully engage with their groups have the best time. Participate in everything and watch how many friends you make. Get to know your fellow first years, your facilitators, your vice-heads and heads. These people will make your time at Carleton unforgettable, during Frosh week and throughout the years that follow it.
To the volunteers: Embrace the chaos! Make the most of your time as a volunteer, no matter how stressful and tiring it can be. Push yourself to deliver the most amazing experience to the new students. Appreciate the fact that participating in Frosh will give you memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most importantly, cherish the time that you have left. Sooner than later, you’ll graduate and your first September sans Frosh will come up on the calendar. At that moment, you will undoubtedly feel old and nostalgic like I do at this moment…in a nutshell.