What’s your SJC Legacy?
SGA President Eva Jefferson-Page ’22 knows exactly what she wants it to be: “My legacy is pushing students to become leaders,” she said.
SJC Brooklyn’s First Year Orientation, held Aug. 30-31, challenged new students to think about what they want their SJC Legacy to be.
The Office of Student Life — with the help of an energetic group of student orientation leaders — held First Year Orientation over the course of two days. Students attended a virtual information session on Aug. 30, followed by an in-person orientation on Aug. 31 inside Tuohy Hall at the Clinton Hill campus.
During the in-person orientation, students met the Student Life team, learned how they can get involved on campus, and received important information regarding student IDs, parking tags, SJC’s public health policies, and more.
The new students also had the opportunity to start making new friends, and ask orientation leaders questions about life at SJC Brooklyn.
A Warm Welcome to the SJC Brooklyn Community
Orientation leaders and first-year students broke up into two groups after a short presentation in the Tuohy Hall auditorium, making it easier for students to start getting to know one another.
Each group played “Bear Bingo” — a game resembling traditional Bingo, except the boxes had character traits instead of numbers. Players were challenged to talk to their peers and find someone who likes to garden, or speaks more than one language, or loves binge watching shows, among other traits.
The game encouraged students to talk to one another and find things they had in common.
“Today was so fun,” said Tina Marie Patruno, an incoming speech pathology major, as she sat surrounded by new friends in the Bear Cave recreation room. “Everyone was so welcoming, sweet and nice.”
Patruno, who will commute to campus from Queens, said she chose SJC Brooklyn, in part, because she loves the picturesque campus and the Clinton Hill neighborhood.
During orientation, Patruno reunited with a childhood friend, Daniella Maltese, a freshman nursing major. They were close friends when they were young, but lost touch until they saw each other at orientation.
Maltese also enjoyed orientation.
“It was great,” Maltese said. “The orientation leaders were really fun and I met a lot of nice people.”