What Does an Orientation Leader Keep in Their Backpack?

The short answer is everything.

At my university, us OLs work from 6:30am until about midnight on Day 1 of orientation, and from 6:30am until 3:30pm on Day 2. The job isn’t a walk in the park, in those two days I spend most of those 26 hours at work on my feet and walking around. So, I basically live out of my backpack.

Here we see the bag that carries my entire life (with my university’s name covered up, because I’m a deeply paranoid person).


IMG_0276 Of course, I have a water bottle so I don’t die in the heat of a summer in the south. I have my bottle covered in stickers because my small group theme is Star Wars and I decided to deck out my water bottle so I wouldn’t get it confused with my coworker’s. We all have the same exact get up, backpack, and bottle. I had to do something so mistakes involving sharing drinks weren’t made and it looks super cute! Even if the stickers start looking gross after a couple days.




In my front pockets I have some essentials: Sunscreen, bug spray, and my rain poncho in case rain decides to make an appearance.


In my weird side pocket, I have my keys with my student ID and my wallet.



In my other weird front pocket I have even more essentials! I have my phone charger, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, extra stickers for my water bottle, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, and then a lighter because you never know when you’ll need one.



In my sunglasses pocket, I got some pens and a few highlights, my medical bracelet, my watch, a glasses cloth, my name tag, a few hair bobbles, lip balm, and nail clippers. I try to always have my name tag, bracelet, and watch in my bag so that it’s impossible to forget them, because I know I would.



In my second water bottle pocket, that doesn’t have my water bottle, I have a little snack in case I get hungry or my blood sugar gets too low. Then I have my little fan for when I’m walking around in the heat of the south, which can get upwards of 100 degrees in the middle of July. Also, in this pocket I typically have my light saber (it’s Luke’s!), which is my prop that I carry around for the sake of pushing my whole Star Wars themed group.



And now for the main pocket! In the back laptop compartment I have my manual and all my need-to-have OL things thrown in a binder.


In the actual main part of my bag I have my knee brace just in case my knee acts up, an umbrella in case anything happens to my rain poncho, my hoodie (which is part of my uniform), and my tiny bag of every other conceivable thing I could need.



In here we have extra deodorant, body spray, pads, band-aids, motion sickness pills in case, ibuprofen, extra chap-stick, a compact mirror, a tide to go pen, contact solution, cough drops, and even more hair bobbles!



Then I have a few things that tend to float throughout my bag: my portable phone charger, which is a life saver when I’m working 17 and a half hours straight on day one and some light reading for when my orientation participants are in sessions! Right now, I’m reading Macbeth, and no, it’s not for a class, I just genuinely enjoy reading Shakespeare. Apparently people don’t? More power to them.

I basically live out of my back pack and that’s why I have a million things in there, but at least I’m ready for anything, right? I’m always ready to orientate.


Summer Shenanigans!

July 13th and 14th are official going to be the best two days of my summer. Me and two of my lovely friends and coworkers are planning the adventure of the summer! On July 13th we’re road tripping 5 hours to Nashville, Tennessee and seeing Weezer and Panic! At The Disco in concert! Then we’re spending the night in Nashville and taking our day two to explore city and all it’s got to offer us broke college kids.  It’s the kind of trip that college summers were made for, and it fits in perfectly with our work schedule.

We’re so completely beyond excited and, honestly, July 13th can’t come fast enough.

A Year in Review because I’m the Worst Blogger Ever

Life gets busy and I forget that this whole blog thing was something i genuinely wanted to do. Whoops? Honestly, I’m not gonna sweat it. Doing things like this in my own time is a huge part of who I am and looking back on it, this is exactly what I expected.

So, what’s changed in the last 353 days? Well, a lot.

  • I’m single for the first time in  a year and a half
  • I got a job as an orientation leader at my university that has me working 40+ hours a week this summer
  • I made a ton of new friends
  • I started working on learning Spanish again
  • I got a new diagnose for my mental health issues that actually makes a lot more sense
  • I have a new roommate that happens to be one of my best friends
  • I finally came out to my friends as bisexual (but my family is still in the dark so shhhh)
  • I switched my major so now I’m majoring in history with a minor in Spanish and I couldn’t be happier
  • I ended my first year of college with a 3.25 GPA
  • I discovered that a freakin’ love college
  • I turned 20, which means I can official say I survived my teenage years
  • I got even more piercings
  • I have a bunch of plans for more tattoos
  • I’ve learned to live with communal bathrooms and now have a greater appreciation for being able to shower in private
  • I’ve mastered the art of moving in and out of apartments and dorms while also mastering the art of couch surfing
  • I’ve dyed my hair teal and pink among many other colors
  • I’ve adopted 3 new plant children and a lovely little beta fish named Huxley
  • I finally got a smartphone
  • I’ve discovered no one actually knows what their doing and being an adult is merely an illusion of people pretending that they have a plan
  • I’ve learned that things change and sometimes it’s for the better
  • I started writing again because I think I found my muse again

There’s probably so much more, but this is all I can think of off the top of my head. Within the next few months I feel like a lot more is gonna change, so I figured while I have the time now, I might as well try to catch up. My life is in a weird state of flux right now, and I’m nervous and excited.

Let’s see what happens.