By GIACOMO SPROCCATI
For most students, the end of August means that summer vacation is coming to a close. Parking spots are harder to find, new faces fill the quiet streets of Trastevere and there is the anxiety that a new semester is about to start. John Cabot University (JCU) has its own strategy to help students get ready for the new semester.
Orientation is always held during the last week of August. With the largest incoming group of students in JCU history, orientation leaders and skippers made welcoming week unlike any other. Six hundred students, of which 200 are degree-seekers, arrived from 36 countries, including Armenia, Egypt, Ukraine, Ghana, Cambodia and Honduras.
The 600 new students toured JCU’s campuses and Trastevere, attended a welcome session with their parents and learned how to navigate public transportation.
On August 30, hundreds of students took part in the Welcome Barbecue, where they enjoyed traditional American cuisine, watched a performance by the Martial Arts Club, met club leaders and enjoyed a surprise flash mob.
Giulia Primo, a freshman from Orta, Italy, was impressed with her orientation experience and student life at JCU. Primo said the Welcome Barbecue and all the other orientation activities were fantastic opportunities to meet new people.
Club leaders were also satisfied with the welcome week for new students. Asia Colombo, vice president of Grassroots Club, said she was delighted that the fall semester has so many new students.
Director of Student Services Pilar Murguia was pleased with the turnout of orientation. Murguia placed a strong focus on empowering students to achieve their goals through club leadership. The success of this orientation was “the result of three years of serious commitment,” she said.
Valentina Di Blasi, an orientation coordinator, said she knows the week was successful because she saw all the student leaders and volunteers smiling.