Thursday, June 27, 2019

Time flies by when you're having fun

It certainly does! Working at Winthrop University as an intern through the National Orientation Directors Association has been an incredible experience so far. It's been an amazing time working in a different part of the country.

I would not have been able to explore South Carolina — and a very different type of university — if it wasn't for the NODA Internship Program. The undergraduate orientation leaders are different from students in the Northeast but remain inspirational and devoted to their work with students and families.

Working at such a different institution with a more diverse student population has demonstrated to me the true meaning of having an inclusive campus. My responsibility with New Student Orientation at Winthrop includes working with the families and guardians.

At first, I was nervous to take on this important role because, as my supervisor told me the first day, "This is your show!" This was a big responsibility and a little intimidating.

Having spoken to over 500 family members and guardians in a short period of time allowed me to learn about the different roles that families play in their students’ lives. I look forward to the next part of my internship which will be putting my assessment knowledge to use!

— Molly Payne, #ProfessionalU #SAPro

Payne is pursuing her Master's in Educational Leadership through Bloomsburg University's College Student Affairs (M.Ed.) program.

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