Ohio Wesleyan University freshman Cay Johnson, of Hilliard, writes a letter to herself, part of several orientation activities designed to acclimate and encourage the new OWU students. “I hope you studied hard because you deserve to be here,” she wrote in the letter that will be mailed to her at the end of her first semester. Johnson said she added $10 to her letter to ensure she had some money left at the end of the semester.
Orientation leader Hannah Simpson, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University, helps freshmen Kim Liang, of Palo Alto, California, and Kenya Dumetz II, of San Francisco, with activities during the last day of New Student Orientation Saturday. Orientation leaders help new students learn their way around campus and town and understand dorm and college life.
When new students move to Ohio Wesleyan University’s dorms, they are assisted by orientation leaders – older students who can help the freshman learn the ropes at the school. Students began orientation Thursday and wrapped up their final organized orientation activities Saturday. OWU has a total enrollment around 1,850 students from 42 states and 37 counties. About 53 percent of OWU students are Ohio residents and 25 percent are international and U.S. multicultural students.