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Senior Katie McGrath answers a question from freshman Mary McGrath while talking with freshmen during freshmen orientation.

Senior Katie McGrath answers a question from freshman Mary McGrath while talking with freshmen during freshmen orientation.

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Senior Katie McGrath answers a question from freshman Mary McGrath while talking with freshmen during freshmen orientation.

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Upperclassmen in hot pink shirts lined the main hallway Friday, erupting into cheers as incoming freshmen entered the building. These seniors and juniors were serving as freshmen mentors. Their main purpose is to assist in the orientation, but also to be there to help the freshmen with any concerns they have.

“Giving the incoming students advice from my three years of high school experience, I think I can really help freshmen step in the right place going into high school and continuing in their first year,” senior Claire Durand said.

When they arrived, freshmen were able to pick up their schedules and IDs (or have their ID pictures taken if they hadn’t already). Then, they gathered in the theater to listen to a warm welcome from the administration.

Freshmen then split up and joined their counselors in various rooms. While with their counselors, they were introduced to the purpose of the Student Services Department and the role of their counselors.

During their time with their counselors, freshmen also received their iPads. Technology staff members and Freshmen Mentors were there to assist the students with setting up passwords for their GAPPS accounts.

“It was helpful to set up our iPads and learn about BrokenRuler,” freshman Ashley Lucken said.

After the counselor meetings, the freshmen mentors were paired with small groups. Each mentor gave their group a tour around the school. They pointed out each academic wing of the school, the gyms, cafeteria, lockers, and other important locations, while also offering tips and advice for the high school experience.

“This year’s frosh orientation was less structured than last year’s. I liked how freshmen could walk their schedules and could ask questions to their mentors,” senior Kathryn Gerardi said.

However, after finishing the small group tours, mentors did not walk each student’s schedule with them as they had in previous years. Instead, freshmen took part in the “Amazing Schedule Race.”

“I think next year, the”Amazing Race” could be replaced with a black of time were freshmen were free to walk their schedules,” Gerardi said.

Entering a large, unfamiliar building can be intimidating and confusing for incoming students. Walking in on the first day without any previous tour could result in a frustrating experience: walking up the science staircase and having to go down the stairs and back up social science stairs, not finding the graphics room is in an almost hidden back part of the school, and many more potential struggles.

Overall, orientation seemed to benefit the incoming freshmen and help them feel a little more confident going into their first day of high school.

“I kind of know where I’m going now,” freshman Vivian Mizuno said, during orientation.

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