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Highland Games Dominate Orientation
September 12, 2013
Orientation is most commonly known as a time for those new to a certain community or organization (such as college) to be shown around and taught about their new home. But who would expect that education to come from pudding-eating contests, outdoor worship sessions, and so much group bonding? This year Sterling College made freshmen welcome with all of these events and many more.
On Saturday, August 17, freshmen and transfer students came to unpack their things. With just four hours to check in and get settled, students crowded to Culberson with their families for the first grand meeting as a class, where prayers and tears were shared. The weekend had a lot more in store, from a bonfire at Douglas Saturday night, to a fun-in-the-sun afternoon at the pool with a picnic for dinner. But night wasn’t over yet – students assembled on the football field to get to know one another better as a whole at the Sunday Scramble. Students from all over the country had the chance to represent where they’re from in a cheerleading competition, as well as get to know each other in activities like forming a huge circle of human chairs, matching up numbers of limbs, and throwing shoes into the center of the field and attempting to find the owners. Needless to say, a lot of friendships came from these events.
“The social aspect first seemed daunting, but it was so worth the effort,” freshman Clair Boggs said.
The biggest event of orientation, however, was the Highland games. New students were divided based on their instructor for Foundations of Servant Leadership classes, and creatively compet