Hello fellow Pioneers,
Congratulations! You’ve successfully made it through high school and you’re about to embark on a crazy adventure called college. Through this endeavor you’ll receive an outstanding liberal arts education, learn and challenge answers to a multitude of life’s questions, sharpen your sense of self, carve out your first step toward meaningful careers, and meet friends and mentors who will love and support you in ways that will reshape your life.
But before officially becoming a college student, it’s time to attend a week full of meetings, programs, and activities in an event called New Student Orientation (NSO). Our mission is to help you become familiar and involved in the academic and extracurricular life of the college, to expose you to the resources and opportunities available to you and to develop a relationship with the college community.
Speaking of developing relationships, I believe that college is all about building – building friendships, building experiences, building connections, and finally, building your future. It’s exciting, it’s scary, but you’ve got myself and the entire NSO team here to help in any way that we can. Considering the fact that I originally come from the middle of the Pacific Ocean I understand that being away from home can be really hard, but I hope that in time you come to discover that Lewis and Clark can be home too. Once you arrive you might cry, you might laugh, you might do something embarrassing, but by the end of the week I’m sure you’ll feel more comfortable and have a few great stories to tell. Other advice? Try something new, keep an open mind and don’t procrastinate. I’m so excited to personally welcome you all to our beautiful campus in just a short time. I hope that the NSO program provides as a successful bridge for you and I hope you have as much fun as I had during NSO.
See you soon,
Dara Reckard ‘18
New Student Orientation