Bridging the Gap

Revamping Orientations for iGen Students

Posted by Sophia White, National Content Coordinator on Sep 5, 2018 4:13:49 PM

I’ve seen many orientation varieties throughout the years. In some cases, orientations are exciting, fresh starts for students who can’t wait to begin college. Some want to reinvent themselves, and others are following in the footsteps of siblings or friends who’ve had rave reviews about their experiences and made “best friends for life” in college. Personally, my orientation was one of the more nerve-wracking experiences I’d had. I was an out-of-towner headed to another state’s flagship institution. Naturally, all the kids who went to the same high school sat together in the dining hall for lunch, and I found myself wandering around between tables as seemingly the only Mainer in a group of New Hampshire-ites. Luckily, the one other Maine student rescued me (thanks, Ray!) and my orientation experiences ultimately evolved into an extremely productive college experience.

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Topics: Social Media, Campus Life Channel, Engagement

Ambassador Perspective: Rachel Andrade

Posted by Rachel Andrade, Former Pace University Student Ambassador on Aug 20, 2018 4:45:06 PM

Rachel at Apogee's 2017  Customer Technology Seminar, pictured with Rahul Naik of Johns Hopkins University 

Rachel Andrade, here! I am a recent graduate of Pace University NYC and a former OrcaTV student ambassador. During my time at Pace University I majored in Arts and Entertainment Management and minored in Special Events Marketing. In effort to foster a community on a big city campus, I served as an executive board member of the Programming and Campus Entertainment Board (P.A.C.E. Board) for two years; Marketing Director ‘16-’17, President ‘17-’18. As a student leader, I recognized the importance of student engagement and recognition. Understanding these two factors was a vital part of my role as a student ambassador.

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Topics: Social Media, Campus Life Channel, Gen Z, Student Affairs, Millennials, Engagement

Ambassador Perspective: Daniel Aguirre

Posted by Daniel Aguirre, Manhanttan College Student Ambassador on Jul 31, 2018 4:08:31 PM

Constant innovation and renovation encapsulates the life of technology, especially in the field of apps. The introduction of smartphones into our society has enabled us with the ability to communicate in real time. Over time, it has evolved to even video chatting. Unlimited access to limitless information on ideas, events, and people granted to those with a phone. The ones who frequently capitalize on these advancements are college students.

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Topics: Campus Life Channel, Technology Trends, Higher Ed Technology, Student Affairs, Engagement

Ambassador Perspective: Doris Osei

Posted by Doris Osei on Jun 29, 2018 3:09:44 PM


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Topics: Campus Life Channel, Student Affairs

What Does Commencement REALLY Represent?

Posted by Sophia White, National Content Coordinator on Jun 1, 2018 12:51:19 PM

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to visit my 90-year old grandmother in Cape Cod. She’s truly a force of nature -- she lives alone, survived a massive tree falling on her house this winter without batting an eye, and schedules more weekly social events than I do as a millennial living in the city. Among the incredible life experiences she’s shared with me from her time raising a family and traveling the world, one thing that’s resonated has been her love and pride for her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley. I was reminded of this as I was coordinating some weekend Commencement livestreams for Apogee partners while at my grandmother’s house. I found myself immersed in a deep conversation with my family about why the word “Commencement” symbolizes a beginning, and defines the ceremony rather than “graduation,” an end.  I felt a wave of nostalgia thinking back to my own Commencement and all of the wonderfully terrifying beginnings that came with graduating from college – to a point where I actually found myself switching back and forth between watching the royal wedding on Stream2 and the University of New Hampshire’s 2018 Commencement ceremony. My grandmother even started telling us about the dress she wore on her Commencement Day over sixty-five years ago.

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Topics: Social Media, Campus Life Channel, Engagement

2018 and the "Me Too" Movement

Posted by Sophia White, Maddie Heise and Alaa Nasser on May 10, 2018 6:21:27 PM

When I first arrived on campus in the summer of 2011, I’d just returned from an amazing six-day pre-orientation trip in the woods and was bubbling with the excitement of new friendships and a fresh start (and okay, some nerves too. And mud). As I walked by the Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Center (SHARPP) on my way to the dining hall with my new friends, I vaguely remember thinking it was odd that there was an entire building dedicated to these services. How common, really, is sexual assault?

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Topics: Social Media, Campus Life Channel, Engagement