Hi all! My name is Olivia Shanahan. I am a 4/4 Science, Technology and Society major! This is my third year being involved in orientation and I am more excited than ever. As an orientation leader and now a peer leader, I am well versed in the operations of pre-orientation or “pre-o”. Pre-orientation is a four day period before the start of orientation during which the student meets new people and does activities with other members of their class who share common interests! There is a wide range of activities catering to many.


I have been a leader for the Sports and Fitness pre-orientation two years in a row and it was a blast! We’ve worked out on the Brooklyn Bridge, gone to see Yankee games and received a tour of Central Park on our bikes. This was so much fun and a great way to stay active during the beginning of college. If sports aren’t your thing, there are many more options! Performing Arts pre-orientation offers up close experiences with Broadway plays, behind the scenes activities and even some time for students to become the stars themselves! Last year our performing arts pre-orientation group attended both vocal and Shakespeare acting workshops! It does not matter if you have never acted, sang or played an instrument. If you are interested in learning more about all or any aspects of performing arts or even just seeing a Broadway play, this could be the place for you.

Neither Performing Arts or Sports and Fitness are your thing? Well, we have even more options to choose from! Manhattan can be intimidating especially if you have not experienced such a large city. Both our City Life and Flavors of New York pre-orientations will allow you to explore Hoboken and Manhattan. During City Life, you will take a guided tour through Hoboken and various neighborhoods of New York City, visiting popular landmarks including Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. Our Flavors of New York pre-orientation presents a unique view of Manhattan. Students are able to taste foods in different neighborhoods in New York every day. Although the pre-orientation is about the food, students will also understand the culture and history behind these amazing dishes. While these are wonderful ways to become acclimated to Hoboken and Manhattan, our Outdoor Adventure pre-orientation takes you on a camping trip to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains where you can escape the city.

All of the options are a great way to become more comfortable adjusting to student life here at Stevens! Pre-orientation is a short period where each student can experience new things and get to know each other. If you are not on a pre-orientation, do not worry! Orientation offers so many ways to meet new friends and more than enough time to get used to your place at Stevens. We cannot wait to meet you all in August!

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