Learning to lead: student manages orientation experience for new class

Like most first-year students, Angela Dolson was nervous when she arrived on campus. Unlike most first-years, she resolved to help future new arrivals adapt to campus life.

This past summer, she took the lead in planning Orientation activities for the incoming Class of 2013. "For the past three months, your arrival on campus has been something that I have been nervous and excited about," she said in her address the class during Opening Convocation.

Dolson had a hand in planning all aspects of Orientation, from Move-in Day, when volunteers help new students and families carry items in to residence halls, to the First-Year Walk, when students process from the campus to the National Cemetery where Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, to Gettysburg Is Volunteering (GIV) Day, when new students take part in service programs throughout the community.

Dolson, Class of 2011, is majoring in English with a writing concentration and minoring in studio art. In addition to her studies, she has taken part in many of the co-curricular and leadership opportunities available to Gettysburg students, ranging from the Campus Activities Board to Gburg TV. She hails from Camp Hill, Pa.

This is the first in a series of videos highlighting opportunities for leadership at Gettysburg College.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sat, 5 Sep 2009

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