A New Beginning

By Karl Brisseaux
Stern Class of 2019 and Orientation Leaders in Auditorium
The NYU Stern Undergraduate College awaits the arrival of the Class of 2019.

Each year, an incoming class of students joins the NYU Stern Undergraduate College and participates in Orientation, an experience filled with interactive workshops, social activities, informational sessions, and special events. The week of events provides students an opportunity to build community and pride in their school, learn how to navigate NYU and NYC, and generate excitement for the start of their first year.
Christine Gal (B.S. ’18), a native of Cocoa Beach, Florida, says that orientation was an essential part of her transition to life at NYU.
“Orientation provided that link for me to feel connected to my peers, my school, and my city from the start,” says Gal, a sophomore concentrating in marketing with an additional major in mathematics. “The upperclassmen orientation leaders offered such great advice for classes to take, places to eat and visit, and other things that helped me become better acclimated to life in the city and at Stern. They also offered to take us around campus based on our schedules to find out how to get to all our classrooms, which was a tremendous help going into the first week of classes.”
This year, Gal is serving as an orientation leader for the first time. She is looking forward to giving back and having the opportunity to serve as a mentor for her peers, and to meet the new students in Stern’s class of 2019.
“I'm excited to help a new group of students fall in love with the school I've fallen in love with,” she says. “Having just gone through Orientation, I know how refreshing it is to finally get acquainted with this overwhelming city and school, and I can't wait to help others feel as excited as I did.”
Dreyton Hilton (B.S. ’16), a senior serving as an Orientation leader for the third time, is part of the orientation student leadership team this year. He looks forward to playing a key role in mentoring first-time Orientation leaders and is excited to plan and execute the various activities first-year students will participate in. He encourages first-year students to pursue their passions and to trust in the supportive community at Stern.
“The best advice I can give is to dive in head first,” says Hilton. “The more involved you become; the better your experience will be, the faster you will grow and the more inspired you will become to do bigger and better things.”

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