The icing on the top of this year’s admissions process cake is Orientation. It’s our first opportunity to see all the new members of the Fletcher community at once and it’s their chance to come together as a family — ready to study together and support each other in so many other ways.
As a practical matter, it’s also the point when nearly all former-applicant/now-student concerns shift from Admissions to other Fletcher offices. Until scholarships are renewed next spring, nearly all questions are best answered by other offices, though we’re always a resource for helping students find their answers.
Today the newbies will be attending several sessions at which general information will be shared with them. Tomorrow we’ll help promote community building. I’ll be among the staff members who are leading ice-breaker sessions. (Since I’m a little shy myself, I’ll be running introvert-friendly activities that I hope will work well for all.) The rest of the week continues with a similar mix of information sharing and community building.
And with that, another academic year begins!