First Impressions of Lasell

By Madelyn Hedges

Myself and other first year students experienced college for the first-time during orientation weekend. Everyone had made their way down to the football field before 8 a.m. There, we sat in a big circle with name tags pinned to our t-shirts and played “ice breaker games.” All the orientation leaders were practically jumping out of their shoes to get us involved.  

“Is this all a show for a good first impression?” I thought to myself. 

No one can be THAT happy to be here. Can they?  

As the day went on, they pushed each of us to get to know one another through cheesy games and embarrassing team chants. We played these games with our orientation leaders late into the night. I watched them all dance to Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback girl” with an unrealistic expectation that we would “jump right in.” 

I realized that this wasn’t about putting on a show for us at all. These upperclassmen were genuinely happy to be at Lasell. They had developed a sense of self confidence and it was a genuine excitement that they had for us to be a part of their community.  

The next morning my whole dorm was woken up at 7:30 a.m. to the sound of “IT’S BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S,” blasting through the speakers of the hall. A little freshman prank never hurt anyone! 

After orientation ended and I was driving away, I knew this was a community I wanted to be part of. My first impression of Lasell made all the difference in being able to have confidence when starting classes in the fall.

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