I’ll admit, I’ve been a little lazy. I think there are a number of things I should be blogging about at this moment, so here’s one of them. I had wanted to have my first blog post be one about preparations for Japan but that isn’t progressing much. Oh well~
Back at the end of 2011, I became part of the Peer Network. It’s a volunteer program at my university where, prior to the start of the semester, a bunch of students who passed the application process don bright orange t-shirt and assist in orientation events for one or two weeks (Spring and Autumn, respectively). We help new and not-so-new lost students, parents and staff with directions, more often walking them to their desired location, mingling (mingle mingle mingle!!), ushering, take students on campus tours, entertainment (it’s a secret, shush~), barbecues and so much more. All while having a load of fun.
This would be my 3rd Orientation and I was pumped for the most of it, despite the early starts and catching a cold on the last couple of days! I blame that guy on the bus who was spreading disease >.> Even worse was my voice was dying by the end of two weeks and my legs and feet were constantly dead most days. Nevertheless it was a fantastic experience, and sacrifices must be made.
Now, I spent a good few hours working on lanyards. They’re colour coded based on faculties (sorry, no double handouts for combined degrees!) and new students get them so that they can find other students and PNs in the same faculty and possibly course and just chat to them. You might be seeing them in your class for the next 3 years, after all. Usually myself and five to six other PNs would slave away putting the pieces of paper into the plastic sleeves and then attaching them to the lanyards. We prepared…..a lot of them. I’m pretty sure we’ll be set for Spring Orientation as well because when we counted the remaining lanyard at the end, we had close to 1500 lanyards. Hard work, but surprisingly relaxing.
Of course, there are downsides like most jobs. The ones that stick out the most for me include rude students who don’t listen to you and insist that they’re right, one student who was quite awkward and wanted to go to three faculty welcomes when he only needed to go to the one that actually related to his course, and the various technologically challenges (mainly older) students in the I.T. help courses such as the Microsoft Office skills classes. I was helping out with an Advanced Excel class and one lady put the CD in upside down, and another had no idea how to insert the CD altogether. I think the word “advanced” in the session name would ring alarm bells. And don’t get me started on trying to explain how advanced Excel functions work when I was learning them during the session, lol.
Even so, I believe being in PN is one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had. You’re surrounded by so many different, wonderful people and you get the courage just try a bunch of things and overalls boosts your confidence. Not just meeting people within the Orange Family, but talking to the students I find is fascinating. For example I had a small chat with a man who was about to undertake his Doctorate in writing whislt I was explaining the printing system to him. And I met 2/3 of triplets, one of the sisters and the brother were both studying the same course whereas the other sister was at another university. Interesting XD Not to mention you gain a whole array of skills and a sense of self-satisfaction to boot (Did I mention the warm fuzzy feeling? Yeah you get that too~).
Back to crocheting for me. I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, oh dear XD
Maybe I’ll showcase some of the things I’ve been making next time.