In the summer of 2000, I had the privilege of being a part of the University of Florida's Preview staff. This staff consisted of 26 students who serve as orientation leaders to the incoming freshman from May to July.
Our summer consisted of 20 two-day sessions.
Day one of a session started at 7:30am with our morning staff meeting, followed by introductions and then working with our groups.
In each group we were paired up with a academic advisor and together we would teach the students how to register for classes. Throughout the day we would eat lunch and dinner with students and their families and give scheduling assistance.
Each evening we would perform skits of "college life" for the students and their families. After skits we would meet with our groups to answer any questions
they may have had about UF and give additional scheduling assistance.
An average day one would end about midnight. Day two of a session would start at 7:30 am and last until 3pm. During a day two we would rotate through a series of activities ranging from checking students in for their registration
appointments, to teaching them how to use ISIS.
Throughout the summer we saw a total of 7,125 students. It was such an incredible experience. Even after Preview, students still come up to me to tell me I was their Preview "staffer" and that is a great feeling!
This is my family and I during Preview Staff Family Weekend.