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"It will be so rewarding to help students transition to college and meet so many people while learning essential tools. I want to be a resource for the new students and let them see me as someone who can help them feel more at home since we are one community at Knox."
Anushree Kedia '15
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Major/Minor: Economics major; environmental studies and business and management double minor
Campus Involvement: Knox Ambassador, Chinese Club, Union Board, Advancement student worker, student production, Business Club, Pi Beta Phi
"I want to be an OL because they are the ones who help the incoming students transition to a new life. I want to make that impact on someone and be their resource for whatever it is that they may need."
Ashley Wolfgang '14
Hometown: Rosemount, Minnesota
Major/Minor: English literature major; journalism minor
Campus Involvement: Cellar Door, Folio, French Club, WVKC, Office of Communications student writer, Office of Admissions suite resident
"I'm looking forward to being an orientation leader for my third year in a row because I love sharing my passion for Knox with the incoming class and helping to ease their transition into the college environment!"
"I chose to become an orientation leader this year because I enjoy volunteering and helping others. I am looking forward to creating new bonds with those who are entering our Knox community as well as creating new memories with my fellow peers."
"One of my favorite things about being an orientation leader is creating the tunnel of excitement. I am so proud to be a Knox student, and it is such a joy to get the incoming class pumped about it too. Believe it or not, orientation week at Knox is a magical time of year; it is not limited to when first-years learn about where buildings are on campus, but it is actually the best opportunity for students to truly focus on building relationships and finding how they fit in our community without the stress of classes weighing in on them. I feel honored to be an orientation leader; I am fully committed to doing all I can to assist and welcome all students, and it is extremely rewarding because by sharing my love for Knox I can see theirs grow."
Eve Martinez '16
Hometown: Orange, California
Major/Minor: Chemistry and Spanish double major
Campus Involvement: Galesburg Youth Athletic volunteer, Garden Club, Boys and Girls Club, tutor, Galesburg Public Library volunteer, Big Brothers and Sisters of America, Reading Buddies, Pi Beta Phi
"I'm looking forward to meeting and welcoming the incoming class. I chose to be an orientation leader because I wanted to help out the incoming students the same way I was helped out my first year."
"I'm looking forward to be able to, in a way, re-live my freshman orientation: the excitement and nervousness of meeting new people, getting used to a new place, and the idea of college. I chose to be an orientation leader because it's a great way to start my last year in college. Starting my senior year similar to how I started out my first year with the excitement of all the good things Knox has to offer."
Gavin Crowell '16
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major/Minor: Psychology major; neuroscience minor
Campus Involvement: Ultimate Frisbee, Gizmo worker, co-editor of the sports section of The Knox Student, Sigma Chi
"I'm most looking forward to teaching all the new first-years what an incredible place Knox can be if you learn to step out of your comfort zone even a little bit. I came to Knox scared of a lot of different things -- some legitimate, like not fitting in with anyone, and some silly, like not seeing my dog for a few months. However, Knox has taught me not only that there is truly a place for everyone if you're willing to do a little looking, but also that these four years have the potential to be the greatest of your life. I've learned to not let them fly by without making something out of them. I'm proud to be one of the first faces in your Knox experience, and I will always be willing to help beyond just Orientation Week."
Hannah Shierl '15
Hometown: Galesburg, Illinois
Major/Minor: Gender and Women's Studies and educational studies double major
Campus Involvement: Lacrosse, Students Against Sexism in Society, Boys and Girls Club, Reading Buddies, Pi Beta Phi
"I am looking forward to getting to know the new students! I love meeting new people, and I am very excited to be in a position where I can welcome them to our campus, and provide answers and direction while they adjust to living away from home. I hope to get to know each new student on strong personal level, and build a relationship of trust with them so that they feel comfortable coming to me with any questions or help they may need. I chose to be an OL because my experience wasn't the best. My leader was not very helpful, nor attentive and I felt kind of lost. I do not want students to feel this way. They should be excited and curious -- sure they will be nervous, but it should not be a negative experience! I want to make sure that they feel at home here!"
"The biggest reason why I wanted to be an orientation leader was that orientation meant a lot to me when I first came to Knox. It is time to give to others since I received such a precious memory. If we did not have this well-planned orientation, I would not be able to socialize with my friends at Knox. I just cannot imagine myself being alone. Involvement in orientation this year is a huge blast for me, and I would like to help new students in order to adapt into the new college life. This year as an orientation leader, I hope for my students to keep contacting me during the school year, not just during orientation week. I know some first-year students are still in contact with their orientation leader, but I would like to keep in touch with my students even longer."
"As an orientation leader, not only am I looking forward to meeting the incoming freshman, but I'm excited to be working with the Office of Student Development to make this year a smooth and easy transition for the first-years. I'm eager to get to know, one on one, the unique, new students that'll make up the future of Knox. I chose to be an orientation leader this year because I had a great experience during Orientation Week. I came to Knox as a shy, quiet girl and I was afraid of fitting in. During O-week, my orientation leader made the transition to college life very easy. I want to be that person to get students acquainted with the many quirks of Knox. I want to help students find their place in this welcoming school environment."
"I am looking forward to helping the new students adapt to the college environment while getting to know them, since they will help this College become an even greater institution. I will be an orientation leader this year because it is the first year I have been able to apply. So the real question is, why not?"
Jodi Marver '16
Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
Major/Minor: Educational studies major; anthropology and sociology minor
Campus Involvement: Basketball, basketball lessons volunteer, Community Preschool volunteer, athletic laundry room worker
"This year I am looking forward to meeting the freshman class and getting to know all of the students in my group. I chose to be an orientation leader this year because I enjoy helping all new students feel at home at Knox as quickly as possible."
Joshua Voravong '15
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Major/Minor: Computer science major; mathematics minor
Campus Involvement: Fencing, dog walking volunteer, Multiple sclerosis volunteer, Catholic church volunteer, Tau Kappa Epsilon
"Orientation week is filled with new, fun, and exciting experiences for everyone! I became an orientation leader because I genuinely love meeting new people and helping them out. I look forward to new students and being able to hang out with everyone around campus."
"As an orientation leader, this year I'm looking forward to showing the students appointed to me what Knox is all about. That includes the ins and outs of student life here and the atmosphere and relationships between the students themselves and between the faculty and staff. I'm also looking forward to seeing the bonds that form between the new students and the friendships that develop and grow throughout the rest of the year. I also chose to return, this year, as an orientation leader because I'd like to continue the work I started last year in spreading the information about how great Knox can be. I also had an amazing time getting to know the first-years and working with other upperclassmen whom I might not have become friends with otherwise. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, and I want to experience that again."
Kate Hovda '14
Hometown: Hayward, Wisconsin
Major/Minor: Self-designed major in visual communications; Gender and Women's Studies and French double minor
Campus Involvement: Improv Club, The Knox Student, Folio, Alpha Sigma Alpha
"This year I'm looking forward to showing the incoming students around campus, getting to know them, and Playfair! I chose to be an orientation leader again this year because I really loved having the opportunity to welcome the incoming class as they were getting to know campus and each other."
"My orientation leader, Armor, made me feel extremely welcome, and I could tell I was not the only nervous person. The group brought comfort to me, and it was nice to get away to the same people. I loved the energy and experience of being in an orientation group, and I would love to help other scared newcomers find a sanctuary here at Knox the way I did during Orientation Week."
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the class of 2017! From what I've seen on the Facebook page, they all seem really excited to be at Knox and I can't wait to share in all of their positive energy when they get to campus. I'm also looking forward to being a mentor to these students. Why I wanted to be an orientation leader -- college is really scary at first, and I want to be someone on campus that the first-years can talk to and hang out with. I thought that the upperclassmen were really intimidating when I first got to campus, and I want to make sure that they don't leave Orientation Week still thinking that way. Another huge part of why I wanted to be an OL is because I love Knox and I really enjoy getting to know people on this campus, and the best way to get to know the first-years is to spend time with them during Orientation Week."
"Orientation leader? Why not be an orientation leader? Every incoming college freshman is nervous, anxious, and obviously excited to start college. As an orientation leader, you'll be forever remembered as one of the earliest college memories that college freshmen will have. Thus, I'm excited to make not only a connection with incoming Knoxians but give them (hopefully) a great starting memory at Knox. This great memory connects to the reason why I chose to be an orientation leader. Last year I transferred to Knox as an incoming junior. As a first-year, it's nerve-racking to start college, but as a junior it's more amplified -- it's difficult to settle into a new niche. But when I attended Orientation Week, my orientation leader helped me assimilate into the Knox culture and I know without her help, it would have been more difficult. Through that experience, I wanted to become an orientation leader."
Krystal Pitts '15
Hometown: Round Lake Beach, Illinois
Major/Minor: Educational studies major; anthropology and sociology minor
Campus Involvement: Basketball, Women of Influence, Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality, Terpsichore, Hope Cemetery clean-up, Boys and Girls Club volunteer, Reading Buddies
"I wanted to become an orientation leader again because I love seeing and helping all the new and eager individuals. Being an orientation leader not only helps incoming students, but it helps us become better individuals ourselves and gain better people skills. I want everyone to get the most out of this experience and be able to rely on one another now and in the future."
"I'm looking forward to getting to know the new members of our little community. It will also be great to be back at Knox so soon. My experience at Orientation Week last year was probably one of the best weeks of my life, and I would very much like to pass on the same good experience to the upcoming first-years."
Laura Ernst '15
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Major/Minor: Environmental studies major; business and management minor
Campus Involvement: Knox Corps, Admission Ambassador, Union Board, KARES, Alumni Ambassador, String Ensemble, Rotaract, Reading Buddies, Alpha Phi Omega
"I am looking forward to meeting the newest members of the Knox community. I am excited to welcome new students to campus and share my knowledge of Knox and Galesburg. I am super excited to participate in orientation events like Playfair and Sex Signals. I am so glad to be a part of the orientation team this year and can't wait to be back on campus! I chose to be an orientation leader this year because I want to help give first-year students a smooth transition into college life. Orientation played a large part in me being comfortable during my first days at Knox, and I want new students to feel the same way. Since my own orientation was so amazing, I can't wait to help provide that same experience for the class of 2017!"
"My goal as an orientation leader is to connect students to clubs and organizations where they will feel the most comfortable. In my first week of classes at Knox I was bullied for my conservative beliefs, so my hope is that as an orientation leader I can create an inclusive community for incoming students. I look forward to providing my group with the resources they need to be the most successful, feel safe, and be happy during their time at Knox."
Livia Mexias '16
Hometown: Petropolis, RJ, Brazil
Major/Minor: English literature major; creative writing minor
Campus Involvement: Gaming Information Network, Playwrights Workshop, Film Club, Knoxfighteria
"I decided to become an OL because I had a great experience during my O-week last year, and I wanted to help provide an equal, if not better, experience to incoming first years. As an OL, I look forward to meeting new people and giving back to the Knox community, but most of all, I'm looking forward to helping new students know they have come to a great place."
"I wanted to be an orientation leader because I think it's important to pass on my experiences at Knox to the incoming students."
Nils Leitz '16
Hometown: Melrose, Massachusetts
Major/Minor: Political science major; German minor
Campus Involvement: Ballroom Dancing Club, Knox Democrats, WVKC
"I'm looking forward to being an orientation leader this fall because of how much fun orientation was for me last year. It will be exciting to help the incoming freshmen make new friends and feel at home, and at the same time it will be fun for me to meet so many new people. I chose to be an orientation leader to help make the first week easier for my group, but I also hope that it will help me become more ingrained in Knox life, which means getting to know more people outside of my class and friend group."
"I can easily relate to being in new environments. I like talking with others and helping them feel welcome. I have also performed leadership roles before, interacting with kids from many different backgrounds. I can bring in some of my personal experiences at Knox and how I solved some of the problems I have had in the past concerning grades, roommates, compromises, and the clubs and volunteering in which I've participated."
Olaloye Oyedotun '15
Hometown: Magodo GRA, Lagos
Major/Minor: International relations major; business and management minor
Campus Involvement: Badminton, International Club, Humane Society volunteer, Tau Kappa Epsilon
"I'm looking forward to meeting all the new students. I know it sounds like a very generic answer but honestly being able to learn about all the new students and meeting people with interests similar to mine is pretty awesome, as is learning about each student's different journey to Knox (i.e., how they found Knox, where they're from). I would say I chose to be an orientation leader again this year for the same reason as last year. I want to make the new students feel as comfortable when they arrive at Knox as I did when I first arrived as a freshman from Nigeria, to be their first port-of-call when they have any problems and introduce them to the unique Knox culture, where everyone is comfortable being themselves."
Rosie Castle '16
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Major/Minor: Education major; music and theatre double minor
Campus Involvement: Knox College Choir, Knox Chamber Singers, jazz and acapella groups, theatre, Best Buddies
"What I am looking forward to this year as an orientation leader is being able to get first-years excited about Knox. I love Knox; it's my second home. I want the first-years to feel that wayo too, as well as have an amazing orientation week like I did. I chose to be an orientation leader because I had done it two years in high school. I am very outgoing, and I want the first-years to love Knox as much as I do. Also, I think it's important to have upperclassmen help the first-years because I know the beginning of my freshman year was scary too."
"The reason why I decided to be an orientation leader again is because I really enjoyed my time last year. I was able to learn a lot, and on top of that I had a chance to meet many people who have become my really good friends. I know how important Orientation Week is for those freshmen. Letting them adjust quickly to the new surrounding and enjoy Orientation Week to the fullest are going to be my top priorities this year. I want freshmen to start off their first year with a lot of positive energy and friends."