Orientation – from a 3rd Year’s Perspective

Attending my third orientation (as a new student the first year and as a volunteer in following years) and listening to the buzz, I was reminded of my orientation all over again – the anxieties of the unexpected, the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, the twinge of guilt as you ask someone’s name again because you’ve already forgotten since your head is stuffed with all the new names that you’re learning.
Here are some of the members of the Class of 2012 as they file in to listen to Shantanu Narayen, Haas EWMBA 1993, CEO of Adobe Systems, and the recipient of the 2008 Haas Business Leader award. Shantanu gave a candid perspective of what life has been like for him after Haas and how to make the best of the EWMBA student experience.

The previous night, the first years attended a student life panel where they had the chance to hear from 2nd and 3rd years talk about work-life-school balance, joining clubs, and how to “survive” the first year. Hearing honest accounts of how exhausted we were, but how more than 240 make it through this ordeal every year made for some fun storytelling opportunities. Afterwards, they were welcomed at a reception and had a chance to mingle with one another.

After participating as a volunteer, I’ve come to appreciate the behind the scenes work that goes into making a successful orientation, from staff members like Tim Gaherty, Elisabeth Merkel, and Shelby Chin shown below, to the EWMBA student Admissions Committee, they help make this a fun and spectacular way to begin your time at Haas.

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