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Make a Great First Impression – Become a Student Orientation Leader


Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) at UC Blue Ash College have one of the most important roles on campus. They are often the first people at the college that new students meet, so they help set the tone for the type of experience the student will have during their time at UC Blue Ash.

SOLs fill a wide range of responsibilities during their tenure, which usually lasts about four months. Those responsibilities include:

    • Serving as student representatives for the college at orientation and convocation.
    • Welcoming, greeting and mingling with new students and their family members.
    • Providing up-to-date and accurate information about the college by giving campus tours and presentations.
    • Facilitating group discussions with new students.
    • Supporting academic advisors as they help students register for their classes.

Chris Dziekan, the Program Manager of Orientation and Professional Development, has managed the SOL program since joining UC Blue Ash in January 2018. “I worked with the 2018 SOLs staff this past summer and they were amazing!” says Dziekan. “They truly are the student faces of UC Blue Ash.”

What are the perks of being a SOL?

This is a paid position, so SOLs are compensated for their time, but the benefits go far beyond money – they also include self-confidence and new skills in leadership and public speaking. “I am much more comfortable being able to speak to others now,” says Sharon Smith, a 2018-19 SOL. “This was also a great networking experience.”

Being a SOL is also the first step toward becoming a UC Blue Ash Student Ambassador. Students have to apply for the position and it’s a challenging selection process, but those who become ambassadors provide 90 – 100 hours of service to the college per semester and receive free tuition.

What does it take to be a SOL?

“Great SOLs are good students academically,” says Dziekan. “They work well alone and as members of a team.”

When Divya Joshi came to UC Blue Ash for her orientation, the SOLs she met certainly made a great first impression. “They did fun stuff like lead ice breakers, give tours, and help schedule classes, and all of that stuff immediately appealed to me,” says Joshi. “So after orientation, I knew that I wanted to be a SOL.”

A few other important characteristics for a SOL include being able to interact well with other people, having a positive attitude and being flexible with their time.

How do I become a SOL?

“I can assure any student who isn’t sure [about being a SOL], that when they become a SOL, they will be so grateful to be a part of this organization,” says Joshi.

Any students who are interested in becoming a SOL should attend an upcoming information session to learn more. See below for dates and times.

  • Wednesday, January 16 / 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. / Walters Hall, Room 100
  • Thursday, January 17 / 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. / Walters Hall, Room 100

Interested students must also submit the Student Orientation Leader Application in order to be considered. The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 academic year is January 25, 2019.

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