2A- Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
A familiar face
LSA senior Alex Larson encour-
ages incoming studencs co Start the
wave before taking their placement
tests, chant "Go glue!" at every
opportunity and walk like zombies
through the Diag.
For Larson, a returning student
orientation leader with the Office of
New Student Programs, incoming
students are oftentimes too serious
about starting college when they
take their first steps as a University
Larson said his positive experi-
ence as -a freshman leads him to
show the ropes to first-year Wolver-
"I really want to help new stu-
dents adjust to the transition from
high school to college," he said.
The 21-year-old said he met about
1,500 new students on the job this
summer. He guessed that he shook
about that many hands during last
year's orientation, too.
In addition to giving campus
tours last fall, Larson was part of a
theater show put on for incoming
international students. The sketch
was intended to ease the culture
shock some international students
face when coming to an American
"I was cast as the loud obnoxious
American roommate," he said.
Larson, who called himself
"loud," said he believed exaggerat-
ing the American stereotype would
help ease the tension his students
The Holland, Mich., native said
having conversations with students
differentcfrom himself has given him
a perspective few others receive.
"It's a chance to kind of see U of
M at a whole new level of diversity,"
he said. "It's cool to see, as an Amer-
ican student, where these students
are coming from."
Larson left little doubt about his
commitment to his job when asked
what he'd like to do for a career. The
math major said he'd like to someday
hold a management position within
the University's student orientation
program. If he can't find that line of
work in Ann Arbor, he said he'd be
willing to look at such programs at,
He said he was in no rush to
"You may see me back for the
summer sf 09," Larson said.
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LSA senior Ales Larssn said his freshman experience
inspired him to becsme an orientation leader. He hopes Is
eventually findsa lob workint wifh new student programs.
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now required to turn off
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