The Orientation Team at CSU, or O-Team is here to help.
The O-Team is a group of upperclassmen that help ease freshman into the college transition.
For over 30 years there has been an O-Team in each residence hall to help freshmen move in the first week of school.
O-Team members are available at each hall to help unload cars, answer questions and give directions.
“We help with check-in,” said Chris Clarke, a junior sociology major and co-chair for the O-Team at Parmelee Hall. “We help the staff and distribute information packets to every room in the hall.”
But O-Team does more than just push paper. They also want to get to know new students on a more personal level.
“I enjoy getting to know the social side of Parmelee,” said Jennifer Leone, a junior business administration student and the other co-chair of O-Team at Parmelee. “You make friends and get to know others.”
This year, O-Team members moved into their respective residence halls on Aug. 15 to prepare the halls and decorate them.
“It’s nice to get up here a week early,” Clarke said. “It’s also a good way to expand leadership skills and get to know people within the hall.”
Leone feels the same.
“I want to make life for freshmen a little bit easier and to make it a comfortable environment to meet others,” Leone said.
Any students that have lived in the residence halls can become a member of the O-Team.
“I think it is a great way to give back to the university,” said Shirley Portillos, assistant director of residence life. “I think it is a great way to welcome new students to campus.”
There are also many perks to being a part of O-Team.
“It’s nice to get up here early and have quiet time before everything gets hectic,” Clarke said. “For those who want to expand on their leadership skills, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door if you are planning to be a part of any kind of student group.”
*Graphic ideas: breakout box on either:
1. Telling students to look for O-Team members wearing the light green shirt
2. On how to become an O-Team member next year, but that it already covered in the text.