Meet Matt Carlin, Student Orientation Coordinator
Date: July 9, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: Profiles Archive
If you're a student or parent who's going through UC's orientation and you have questions about college, remember this face. Matt Carlin is one of four student orientation coordinators, and he's ready and willing to answer your questions. Some parents were so appreciative of his help at last year's orientation that they invited him to dinner.
The Madeira High School graduate is entering his junior year at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in premed biology. An avid sports fan, Matt has participated in intramural football, soccer, basketball, volleyball and broomball. He's also a member of the Cincinnatus Honor Society and RallyCats, the school spirit organization on campus. He talks about all of these activities with incoming freshmen. "I'll say, 'When you watch the UC basketball games, have you ever seen the people behind the backboard acting really crazy? Those are the RallyCats.'"
Matt says he got interested in guiding freshmen through orientation when his older brother Eric, a senior international business major at UC, worked as an orientation leader two years ago. "He told me about how much fun he had and that it was a really good way to meet a lot of people."
Matt was a student orientation leader last year and was selected as one of the coordinators for the summer 2001 orientation that runs July 2-Aug. 3. "We've set up orientation programs, mapped out schedules and we train the orientation leaders," says Matt of his summer job. "The coordinators will troubleshoot for the student orientation leaders." He adds the 29 student orientation leaders have undergone training about UC's many colleges, diversity and student service programs to better inform the university's newest students.
Students encounter many firsts as a freshman, including spending a good deal of time away from their homes. Matt says some of the top concerns freshmen have raised with him include finding their way around a college campus (where everything's not in the same building, like high school), setting up their schedules and making sure they've selected the right classes. Matt says he can help students easily, because he remembers what it was like being a first-year student. "The one thing I learned in this job is when you're talking to a student, you should use a lot of your own personal experiences. You get a lot more of a perspective from one of your peers."
Matt adds that getting involved on campus will enhance students' experience at the university. In addition to intramural sports and the RallyCats, he's also a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. "I'd advise freshmen to get involved in at least one thing. No matter what personality type you are, there's something here for you."
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