What’s cooler than seeing a dolphin jump out of the Pacific Ocean alongside of your boat heading to an island paradise? Basically nothing.
This past weekend, I went on a trip with my fellow Orientation Advisors to Catalina Island for a retreat filled with friendship, leadership development, bonding, and tons of random outbursts into song. It was a great time! For those of you who don’t know, Orientation Advisors are USC students who lead the orientation sessions for freshmen in the summer, as well as for graduate, transfer, and international students throughout the year. If you’re reading this and end up coming to USC, guess what – I might be your Orientation Advisor!!!
: ) (woooo! I know you’re excited!)
Anyways, Catalina Island is this HUGE island off of the coast of southern California, and USC has a small campus on the island with houses and a residence hall, a dining hall, and a bunch of research facilities. The weather was fantastic – sunny and warm every day! It was a great opportunity to get out of the metropolis that is Los Angeles and have some peace and quiet out in the ocean.
We played leadership games. We laughed hard and dressed up in costumes. We learned about ourselves, the way we think, and how we contribute to a group. We even had our own dance-off contest similar to “The Voice.” Oh, and did I mention that I ran into a wall during a game of link tag? Yeah, the retreat was that epic.
Probably the best thing about the retreat was getting to know all of my fellow Orientation Advisors. I’m astounded at how incredibly awesome every single Orientation Advisor is and I can’t wait to spend the summer with them sharing our love of USC with the newest members of the Trojan Family!
Everywhere I go at USC, opportunities abound. For all of you prospective freshmen out there, get ready – the chance to join the Trojan Family isn’t one you want to pass up! I look forward to seeing you this summer!
Much love, and Fight On!