Photo of Olivia Cervantez and new students

I thought being an Orientation Leader would be a fun experience, I love meeting new people. I also love Saint Martin’s, so I was excited to share that with new students. I learned more about myself, and the University, and I want to represent our university well. 

Olivia Cervantez
Biology Class of 2024

Saints meet Orientation Leader, Oliva Cervantez. Aside from helping with orientation she also works in the Charneski Recreation Center, is a member of the Track and Field team, and completed various internships through the Career Center and the State of Washington. She answered some questions about her role as an Orientation Leader and how current Saints can get involved with this opportunity. 

Pronouns: she/her | Hometown: Boise, Idaho | Class of 2024

Why Saint Martin's?

I love the small size of our community and that I can feel comfortable anywhere I go because everyone is welcoming. My favorite Benedictine value is Stewardship, I think I can apply stewardship to many areas of my life, but mainly being a Biology major I think it is important to constantly think about what Stewardship means. 

Where can students find more information about applying to be an Orientation Leader? 

Students can apply to be an orientation leader through Handshake or contact Shandra Witke for more information.

Tell us more about orientation and what this position entails.

Orientation is towards the end of the summer usually in late July or early August. The work schedule is light and very flexible there are only a few days of training. Last year we had four orientation sessions. Last year was also our biggest incoming class of freshmen. The purpose of orientation is to help incoming students feel confident and comfortable as they transition into college. We want students to know a familiar face when they come on campus. Being an Orientation leader is really fun. You get to meet new people and be the face of Saint Martin’s for some students. Working with the people at campus life like Shandra and Alexis is a great experience. One of the skills I learned being an orientation leader is to be confident because the new students will look to you for leadership. I learned how to mediate conversations and how to develop relationships with those different from me.

Why did you decide to become an Orientation Leader and what interested you in returning to serve?

I thought it would be a fun experience, I love meeting new people. I also love Saint Martin’s, so I was excited to share that with the new students. Last year was a great experience and I really enjoyed the team I worked with. I learned more about myself, and the University, and I want to represent our university well. 

What advice would you give to your fellow Saints who are interested in this position?

Showcase your abilities, but also be humble. Be willing to learn and listen.

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