Bonjour, mes amis!
My name is Dave Venneri and I’m a student at Lakehead U Orillia. I’m going into my 5th and final year in the HBaSc BEd program. I am also working with the school over the summer as part of the team that is going to bring all incoming students a real rockin’ and memorable orientation. You’re going to be embarking on a new adventure at Lakehead, I’m on a new adventure of my own, but in a different way.
If I can get nostalgic for a moment, I remember almost every second of my orientation weekend, which was now 4 years ago. I remember it all… mostly because of the mix of exhilaration, elation, and sheer terror all wrapped in one 18 year old kid. That feeling is pretty unmatchable, it’s rather unforgettable. Orientation was was a fresh start for me, I had the opportunity to consciously define myself to a fresh group of people. My positive experience at orientation jump started my deep rooted appreciation for this school that was further developed throughout my years of consistent involvement around campus. When I got here, I really didn’t know where I wanted to end up, personally or professionally. Quite honestly, all I wanted to do at university was make some friends, have a good time, and maybe learn something. I guess in some abstract and literal way, I’ve accomplished that. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a ridiculously fun time studying, working, and socializing here.
I also wanted to share something that I’ve learned over the past month of working with Student Affairs. The people that work here aren’t just “advisors”, “facilitators” or “officers”. They are genuine people with a genuine interest to help you, the incoming students as well as the outgoing students and everyone in between. They are part of what creates such a lively campus community here, one that I’ve had the privilege to participate and contribute in.
Just by coming to orientation, I promise you’ll have some exceptional and memorable moments. I really hope you get to experience this school the way I did.