Before the semester began I got to help out with the New International Student Orientation (NISO) Experience! It was pretty cool actually! The event itself was called Crimson Connection, and I got to see how all of it played out.

We started a day or two before orientation with training and getting the information packets together for the students. We also got our team names for the day; mine (the most awesome team) was Team National Weather Center!

So the day of Crimson Connection arrives and I help all the students get registered and send them up to the involvement fair. Then it was a long day of presentations and important information for them, and lots of answering questions and giving directions for me. But it was still a lot of fun.

I think the best part of this experience was getting to help out new students the same way I had people to help me during my study abroads. Traveling to a new country can be incredibly nerve-wracking, especially if it is the first time you’ve gone or you go by yourself. It was really incredible to be there to help ease the transition for some of those students. I hope they all have a great semester!

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