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From the head Orientation counselors

Head orientation counselors from left to right: Steve Posney, Tommy Sterling, Natalie Giannangeli, Harley Montano, Anthony Corletti, Gabriela Pascuzzi, and Evan Starkweather (credit: Courtesy of the Head Orientation Counselors) Head orientation counselors from left to right: Steve Posney, Tommy Sterling, Natalie Giannangeli, Harley Montano, Anthony Corletti, Gabriela Pascuzzi, and Evan Starkweather (credit: Courtesy of the Head Orientation Counselors)

Dear Class of 2018+,

Welcome, and congratulations! We, your seven head Orientation counselors, are so excited to finally have you on campus! We’ve been preparing for your arrival all summer, planning and perfecting the week-long Orientation program that we are so passionate about.

It seems like just yesterday that we were in your shoes, pulling up on move-in day, brimming with nervous excitement as the week began. And now, as we reflect on where we are, it’s clear that we’ve all taken different side roads on our journey to get here. But what we all have in common is that we’ve taken risks, overcome obstacles, and challenged ourselves. No good adventure story is without its twists and turns, and that’s what makes college some of the most exciting years of your life.

Your next years here will be anything but predictable, which is a good thing. The untapped potential is completely yours to make your own. You are in charge of what path you take; you get to choose your own adventure.

The best part of your adventure is that you cannot do it alone. The people you will meet over this week, and the next four or five years, will all be a part of your story. Your classmates, floormates, Orientation counselors, resident assistants, professors, advisors — the list goes on — will be there to make your journey more fun, easy, and exciting than if you were to embark on it alone.

The people here are really what make Carnegie Mellon a place like no other; our community is teeming with passion, drive, and diversity. We hope that this week will introduce you to the most interesting people you have ever met, and hopefully, your closest friends.

From running around during Playfair, the hugest icebreaker you’ll ever do, to trying your luck at Casino Night, you won’t have a dull moment during Orientation week. By the end of the week, use all that spirit and pride you’ve built up, and go all out for House Wars to win the coveted Carnegie Cup for your house!

The week will be filled with plenty of information: academic and personal resources, new places, new names, and new faces. Try not to let it overwhelm you, and reach out to your Orientation counselors or resident assistants if you have any questions.

It’s hard to describe our love for Carnegie Mellon and the Orientation program in only a few paragraphs, so instead, we hope that this week will introduce you to all the amazing opportunities, people, and places that this university and city have to offer.

This is one of the only times your whole class will be together until you graduate, so take advantage of every moment and just enjoy yourself.

You only get one first-year Orientation! So go into this week with an open mind, have fun, and let your adventure begin.

Your 2014 Head Orientation Counselors,

Steve Posney, Tommy Sterling, Natalie Giannangeli, Harley Montano, Anthony Corletti, Gabriela Pascuzzi Evan Starkweather