A Familiar Face at New Student Orientation
UC sophomore Kersha Deibel-Trotter landed a summer job on campus helping new students become familiar with college life.
By: Dawn Fuller
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Photos By: Dottie Stover
Kersha Deibel-Trotter of New Philadelphia, Ohio, just wrapped up her first year at the University of Cincinnati but she’s in no hurry to go home for the summer. Instead, the social work major and Calhoun Hall resident will be sharing what she learned as a first-year student with thousands of UC newcomers taking part in Bearcat Bound Orientation over the summer.
Kersha is one of 30 Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) hired from among 80 student applicants to guide new students and their parents through the two-day orientation. To prepare the SOLs, Kersha and her peers took part in an intensive retreat and training process that prepared them for orientation programs that help students build familiarity with campus as well as form new friendships that are renewed again at Welcome Week in the fall.
“I wanted to become an SOL because I wanted to share my first-year experience with new students,” Kersha says. Coming from a small town like New Philadelphia, she says she chose UC “because of its diversity and because it has so much to offer.” Plus, her father, Carson Trotter, is a UC alumnus, so she says she used to visit campus frequently when she was a little girl.
Of course, campus has transformed considerably since Kersha’s “little girl” days. The incoming freshman class will be the first new students to experience a completed MainStreet corridor that blends learning, living, working and playing, as well as a Varsity Village that’s no longer ensconced behind construction fences.
Here are some of Kersha’s observations about UC and experiences that she wants to share with new students:
What’s your best advice for new students as they enter UC?
What are the ‘musts’ for students during their first year?
What helped you enjoy a successful first year at college?
What were some of the things you liked about your own orientation?
What were some of the things you liked about Welcome Week in the fall?
Why is it a great time to be a student at UC?
UC’s Bearcat Bound Orientation takes place June 22-Aug. 3. For more information, check the Bearcat Bound Web site.