ThunderBird Flight School!

My first real college experience was going to “Flight School”. How many college freshmen get to say that? Now, I need to clarify what flight school exactly is. All of the incoming freshman get to participate in flight school. It is almost like another session of orientation where we had motivational speakers, played games to get to know each other, and had all sorts of fun activities.  It really was a blast.

Our first activity was listening to the fantastic motivational speaker Marlon Smith.

Marlon Smith goes all over the country talking to people about setting goals and following them. He personally motivated me to set goals of what I want to do in life, write them down, and stick to them. Constant reminders of our goals combined with action can help us accomplish our dreams.

He was able to get all of us up on our feet to do a personal challenge. We all had to hold our arms out to our sides for three minutes without letting them drop. If we were able to do this, he told us we would be able to do anything. After a while, many of the students began to have a hard time. It seemed like a lot of people weren’t going to be able to do it on their own. He then taught us an important lesson on teamwork by telling us that we could use our friends to help us out. This led to the entire crowd interlocking arms and singing “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers together. It really was a great motivational experience that will help me out a lot through college.

The next activity we had in Flight School was the campus tie-dye. Everyone came to the multipurpose quad and got a free shirt that we could tie-dye together. A TON of people came and it was really fun. I’d never tie-dyed anything before, but I was able to get a pretty sweet looking design on my second and third try.

During the campus tie-dye, there was a dance for everybody. A ton of people were participating and I was able to meet a lot of new friends.It was the first day of college and we all already had a great speaker, free shirts, and our first “college” dance!

The rest of the weekend was filled with more speakers, a club fair, free food, a movie night, a huge service day throughout the local community, and another dance! I met a ton of people and had a great time. 

Great way to start college, huh?


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