Transitions 2017

July 24, 2017

By Jasmine Blais '17

Starting August 21, the Multicultural Center and Education Services will offer "Transitions": a three-day, pre-orientation program to help make the transition to college smoother for incoming first-year students, providing the class of 2021 with the resources to grow their professional networks, develop leadership skills, and acclimate to their new home on the Hilltop.

During the program, students engage in a variety of activities including speed networking, academic success workshops, a service project, a tour of Saint Anselm Abbey, team building exercises, and a trip to Canobie Lake Park. The activities are meant to aid the students comprehensively in all aspects of their college careers. Additionally, the pre-orientation program is paired with a year-long mentor program for continued support.

Junior Maria Sato, Transitions leader and psychology and fine arts double major, was introduced to the program her first year on campus and has been a part of it ever since.

"I found everyone in Transitions to be extremely helpful and caring. As soon as I entered campus, I was overwhelmed with an outpouring of friendliness," Sato said. "All the leaders, mentors and Multicultural Center staff made me feel extremely welcome and at home."

She continued, "I chose to become a leader in Transitions so that I could help first-year students adapt to college life. Transitions played a huge part in my adaptation to college. I do not think I would have adjusted as well to college if it were not for the program. I knew that I wanted to help incoming students like the mentors in the Transitions program have helped me."

Transitions mentor and senior economics major Alex Mullin did not participate in Transitions as a freshman, but said he wishes he had. Four years ago, Mullin's worry coming into college was making friends. As a leader, he hopes he can mitigate that worry for the class of 2021.

"I chose to lead Transitions, because coming to college can be a new challenge for everybody, especially making friends," Mullin said. "The incoming freshmen are very lucky to have a mentor, both as a friend and as somebody to help them with the challenges of being a first-year student."

In its sixth year, Transitions has helped hundreds of students adjust to college life; and the program is expanding. Run chiefly by the Multicultural Center and its student mentors, the program is also assisted by over 20 departments on campus, including the Academic Resource Center and Career Development Center.

"The Transitions Program was designed to strengthen the academic, social, and cultural experiences of first-year students. It also allows students to have an opportunity to make valuable connections with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Every year the program grows," said Rebecca Senna, assistant director of the Multicultural Center.

The program is free to students and runs from August 21 to 23 and is meant to complement the college's New Student Orientation program, August 24- 26. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center.

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Story by Jasmine Blais '17