Hailey Davison, Lacie Tryan, Keith Clayton, and Erin Patten were the summer 2017 orientation leaders for the College of Business.

Meet the Summer 2017 College of Business Orientation Leaders

Every summer Ferris State University offers Orientation sessions for incoming Bulldogs. During orientation students confirm their academic major, meet faculty and staff from their program, learn about graduation requirements and financial aid, and register for classes. Meet the familiar faces that have helped guide College of Business (COB) students, family, and friends on the beginning of their Bulldog adventure.

Everyone’s really friendly. It’s nice. When you go to class you always see a familiar face, so that’s something you wouldn’t get at a bigger university.

Why did you choose to attend Ferris?

Tryan: Being from the Upper Peninsula, I chose Ferris because I wanted to go to a college that was smaller so I would transition better and I thought Big Rapids did that for me. Also, the class sizes were smaller, so it was a good transition.

Clayton: I chose Ferris because it’s close to home. I live 30 minutes east in a little town called Mecosta. Like Lacie said, the small class sizes were a big part of it as well.

Davison: I chose Ferris because I heard about their Marketing program through my high school and it looked like a good program. And also because of the small class sizes. I wanted more one-on-one time with my professor.

Patten: I chose Ferris because of the small class sizes. I know that’s the generic answer, but I totally did choose it for the small class sizes and the programs because they’re really business-oriented. Every other school, they had business schools, but they weren’t as huge as Ferris. Ferris has diversity in their programs whereas some people just have marketing or just have advertising where I can combine mine with Ferris’ degree.

What do you love most about being a student at Ferris?

Patten: All the activities. I’m never bored. I love how Ferris actually tries to get the students involved whereas other colleges don’t focus on that. I think it’s important.

Clayton: The campus in general is really beautiful. It’s small; you can get anywhere you need to go just walking. You don’t really even need your car if you’re living on campus.

Tryan: Everyone’s really friendly. It’s nice. When you go to class you always see a familiar face, so that’s something you wouldn’t get at a bigger university.

Davison: I would say the dining hall because they just have really good food options. I always really like the dining hall for sure.

I chose to be an orientation leader because I wanted to like be able to help freshman like I was helped as a freshman.

What motivated you to be a Ferris State Orientation Leader?

Clayton: I just remember when I was a freshman. I commuted, so I felt like I was kind of outside of everything. So I wanted to give back a little bit and make people feel welcome when they come here to Ferris.

Tryan: I wanted to be an orientation leader because I was really involved on campus and I thought I would be a good advocate for someone that’s coming in. I was involved with the Campus Programming Board, Homecoming Committee and my program. I thought I knew a lot about it [and wanted] to share that experience with someone new and get them excited about coming to Ferris.

Davison: I chose to be an orientation leader because I wanted to like be able to help freshman like I was helped as a freshman. I know I was nervous going into my orientation, so I want to make sure the new freshmen don’t feel nervous coming in and make them welcome on campus.

Patten: [My boss at CLACS] actually motivated me in a way. And then I thought about it a little bit and I’m like ‘You know, orientation was a lot of fun’. It kinda changed things for me because I didn’t even think about college really. Then I went to orientation and they talked about financial stuff and I was like ‘okay, I can afford this’. I wanted to be able to help change people’s perspective on college and make them excited for it, not scared.

What is the most rewarding part of being an Orientation Leader?

Tryan: Getting to help people and getting them excited about coming to Ferris. We can tell that they’re really nervous, so just like answering any questions that they have to make them feel comfortable when they do come. And then after they register for classes it’s fun to like talk to them about what they’re taking and what they’re excited for.

Patten: When I get to talk to people in my program. Even if it’s marketing majors, it’s fun for them to ask me questions and it’s rewarding to be able to actually answer them, because then I know I’ve spent my time here wisely.

Clayton: I’d say it’s watching them make friends. Because at first they’ll kinda talk to us more than they talk to anyone else. Then we’ll do these icebreaker games in the middle of the day and then after that they kinda group up and they make friends. Once they register they’ll say ‘hey, do you have this class with me’ ‘oh, yeah, cool we can walk there together’. That’s my favorite part.

Tryan: It was cool yesterday. I saw people shaking hands and introducing themselves. So that’s a cool connection.

Davison: Yeah, that kinda like what I think is really rewarding too: kids making those connections. Because like they’re at orientation and then you see them get their schedule and they’re talking to the person next to them about what classes they have. It’s really cool to see them make connections.

Just get involved and talk to people. Even if it’s in not in an RSO, or a fraternity, or sorority.

How have you grown as an individual since your freshman orientation?

Clayton: I’d say I’m better prepared for the world of business, definitely. They get that idea into you right away, that you need to be responsible and professional, so that’s definitely a big step I’ve taken.

Davison: I think I’ve become a lot more outgoing. When I first started I was kinda shy, but I’m more outgoing and outspoken. And I like to help people, so I found what I like doing is making people be able to feel less nervous and everything.

Tryan: Ferris has given me a lot of opportunities to gain experience and overall shape who I am as a leader. I’ve had a lot of experience public speaking, planning events, and other things like that, so I definitely am totally different than I was in high school.

Patten: I’ve become more outgoing. A lot more outgoing. I feel like I’ve become more responsible because when I came for my orientation, I remember being like some of the people we see out there, just not participating and not really paying attention to the important details. Now—when somebody talks to me, the presentations at the college of business—I listen to everything. So I think I’ve grown more responsible.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?

Tryan: To get involved. Because it’s what you make it. And also it’s a great résumé builder. Any leadership experience you can gain is really important to help build who you are and who you want to become. Enhance your degree overall with things you’re interested in.

Clayton: Just get involved and talk to people. Even if it’s in not in an RSO (registered student organization), or a fraternity, or sorority. Just like in class; you don’t have to be all too cool to talk to people. A lot of freshmen come in from high school and they ‘don’t talk to that kind of person’ or whatever, but Ferris is so lax. I mean, it’s a pretty relaxed environment. We can all talk to each other and have a good time.

Tryan: Kinda going off what Keith said too, College is a great way to start over. You can be whoever you want to be. You don’t have to worry about people who knew you in the past.

Patten: Don’t let people say the events when they first get here—like the first week—are lame. Go to the events. Go make friends. Because the people who are saying those events are lame are probably the same people that have not very good intentions for college. These events are fun. You get free stuff. It’s free to go. You can make friends. So definitely go. That’s my best advice is get involved that first week.

Davison: I would say always go to class and make sure when you’re in class you participate and you’re understanding the material. And if you’re not, make sure you seek help from your professors because they’re always willing to help you.

For students in the College of Business, you’re probably in the best college on campus. I love it.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Clayton: I’ve had a great time being an orientation leader. For sure, it’s probably the best job I’ve ever had. It really doesn’t even feel like working. Just kinda hang out and talk to people all day. It’s great. Love it. You meet a lot of different people.

Davison: I would agree. I’m a sophomore, so I’m planning on doing this hopefully until I graduate maybe or I get an internship, because I really like it. I really like the experience and everything. It’s a lot of fun. For sure.

Tryan: Yeah, it’s really rewarding, especially like at the end of the day when you help someone become more comfortable with coming to Ferris because at some first people are like “mmm” I don’t know, but then when you answer their questions, they’re like ‘oh yeah, this is the place for me’. So it’s really rewarding in that way.

Patten: For students in the College of Business, you’re probably in the best college on campus. I love it. I think the College of Business is well-organized. It’s staffed really well. They’re very helpful. Of course I’ve had professors that I’ve clashed with, but my advisor always helped me. If anything, I think the College of Business is the place to be.

Learn more about orientation by visiting the Ferris State University Orientation webpage.