Foster orientation: the first two days of the rest of your life. Along with any new experience a flurry of emotions, expectations, hopes and excitement fill the space leading up to the event. Also the inevitable questions of doubt: Did I make the right choice? Is this going to help me with my career? And, especially after listening to the second-year panel, what did I just get myself into? But perhaps the most pronounced thought is: “Ok, I’m here, dedicated and enthusiastic about my future but what do I want to do with the rest of my life?!!”
For the evening students orientation is two days of introductions to peers and resources, the launch of the new year-long Management 510 course which promotes leadership and strategic thinking and of course the single moment I had been waiting for: finding out who will be in my study group.
Rather than a career crash course, Foster kicks off orientation by asking you to look at your individual strengths, attitudes, behaviors and personal attributes through various surveys and questionnaires. At this climactic point of our lives and while we try to forge a career path aligned with who we are and what we want out of this life, I was inspired, eager and even thankful that Foster recognizes the next three years as a comprehensive journey to conceive our best self. It is within this journey that Foster will help us to not only learn T table, but to also clarify all those doubts we may have had as we walked in the door. Orientation sets this tone and when we leave here we will all have a deeper understanding of who we are and what we are suppose to do with our lives. Thank you Foster, Hello World!
Guest Blogger: Raquel Johnson, Evening Student, Class of 2012