The College’s spirited and talented student Peer Mentors will serve as hosts and share their experiences as Cabrini students with our incoming first-year students during Beginnings. During the day, incoming first-year students can meet other new students, develop a sense of community, and make new friends who will also begin the “First-Year Experience.” Students will have the opportunity to explore the college’s liberal arts core curriculum, will be introduced to and engage with the College’s summer reading, and will speak to their own individual academic interests.
While students are immersed in the campus community throughout the course of the day, parents and family members in attendance will also be oriented to various campus resources and learn about how to best collaborate with the Cabrini Community to ensure success. Family members will meet and create relationships with other families of new students and develop a better of understanding of how to assist their student with beginning the transition to college life at Cabrini. ~ excerpts from a letter to the campus community from Saleem Brown, Associate Director of the First Year Experience
Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC, gave the blessing and invocation for the day. She offered these insights to the students, “from the beginning, Cabrini College has provided students the opportunity for a unique educational experience, an experience that can be transformational. If you are open and willing to allow it to happen, you will learn and grow as a person; you will be challenged academically in your chosen field; you will become aware of social justice issues; and you will realize that you can make a difference in the world. You will receive an “Education of the Heart.”’
Sister Christine Marie closed with this blessing, “My prayer for you as you begin this orientation is that you will experience the joy of making new friends, that you’ll become more familiar with the campus, and that you’ll experience the peace and joy of knowing deep within yourself that Cabrini is the place for you. May God bless you, your families and all those who have supported you in making your desire to attend Cabrini become a reality.”