Honors Orientation: Welcome to the Family
So you’re going to Lutherock, NC.
You might be wondering what’s in store for you.
I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for days trying to figure out just what to tell you. More than anything, I keep coming back to the same thing. Cherish it. Make memories. And open yourself up to new experiences.
Your decision on how you will interact with the cohort will determine how much you get out of the experience. Appreciate the opportunity you get to meet your peers before the majority of the school.
Despite what you may think, you are all in the same boat; thrown together into the chaos of college and independent living. If you set out for Lutherock determined to keep to yourself, you won’t gain anything. You might even leave disappointed.
Don’t allow that to happen.
As cheesy as it sounds, go to Lutherock with a smile on your face and a laugh on your lips. Take a leap of faith and start new conversations with strangers. You may feel awkward, but remember that everyone is experiencing the same thing; you are all freshmen together (and the relationships and bonds you make at Lutherock may remain with you forever)
College is all about trying new things, meeting new people, and experiencing new adventures. The whole world is at your fingertips, itching for you to reach out and grasp it. So do it! Take the chance, the leap, the jump and expand your horizons like never before.
Lutherock was the beginning of rest of my life. I came to Emory and Henry knowing absolutely no one, and when we jumped on that bus to go to North Carolina, I painted my face with a smile (which wasn’t hard) and began talking. I met some of my best friends on that bus, and we laughed and shared our stories; at the time I had no clue I was meeting my new family.
Even now, we still talk about how that trip was the beginning of everything! My cohort was my first Emory and Henry family; even after a full year of ups, downs and all-arounds, I still love them all fiercely.
Going to Lutherock gives you an advantage of comfort over all the other incoming Wasps. By the time the other students move in, you’ve already had some hard-core bonding with your cohort. That intangible newbie-freshman aura is definitely toned down by the time other students begin moving in. You’ll look like you’ve been walking the paths of campus for months and not days.
Lutherock is the spark to your college experience, should you want it to be.
If you go willingly into the adventure with an open heart and mind, it will be the jumping off point for your future adventures as a Wasp.
Don’t stress, just be willing to step out of that comfort zone a bit. Stretch those wings, and I promise you’ll go far:)
Now, before I end this, I just wanted to say: welcome to the family.
As cheesy as it sounds (and to be honest this whole post has been quite cheesy), Emory and Henry is not just a college.
It is a clan, a tribe, a family.
Just take a peek at the duck pond when Homecoming comes around and look at all the alumni. They keep on coming back because Emory is their home. Our home.
(Trust me, I know, my Grandpa is one of them)
Can’t wait to see you in August!
By: Layne Hubble ’20