I was actually pumped that we got to plan the whole thing from scratch. I took it as an opportunity to plan something great and that I would be extremely proud of. I also took it as a chance to leave my mark at Endicott. Since this was the first year of Onboard I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it great from the start because one of my biggest hopes coming into college was that I would be able to leave a legacy at Endicott and leave it better than I found it. I felt that being apart of Onboard was that opportunity.
I’m not going to say planning went smoothly in all aspects because that would just be a lie. There were some peaks where the ideas were flowing and we were filling the schedule and planning workshops. And of course, there were some valleys where we butted heads and just needed to take a break and revisit the issue the next day.
But when working with any team there will always be downs but its how you get through those up’s and downs that say a lot about you as a person and as a team. Thankfully, we were able to get through those lows and come out on the other side with something great and that we were all proud of and that we knew the incoming students would enjoy..
Before each of the four Onboard trips we did I would always get super nervous. Luckily the first trip was right after summer orientation so I was in a great mood and I was ready but that didn’t fully stop me from being nervous. Each trip I would be scared that the student wouldn’t like what we had planned or wouldn’t make connections or things just wouldn’t go as planned.
Thankfully, within 10 minutes of all the students arriving those nervous thoughts would go away and I would just be excited to get to know all the new faces and start the trip.
Each of the 4 weekends were filled with icebreakers, workshops, lawn games, lip sync battles, smores, late nights and endless laughs and jokes (most of them being at my expense). But never the less, each trip was absolutely amazing. Oh, and how could I forget jamming out in the vans on the way to and from rolling ridge. You know all the best sing-a-long songs were on the playlist. (Also, to Group 3: my playlist is still great even if you hated it LOL)
To watch 50 first year students who start off as strangers barely talking to each other, get close throughout the weekend and leave with a bunch of new connections was something truly special.