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At Orientation, incoming students form groups to spend the day with - such as this newly bonded group of Athenians taking a "family photo" at day's end.

Class of 2019 gets first look at the Athenian life

The Class of 2019 has made its first impression on the Los Angeles campuses of Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Over the June 26-27 and July 17-18 weekends, more than 500 students (and hundreds more parents) participated in one of the First-Year Student Orientation sessions at the University’s Chalon and Doheny campuses.

The biggest benefit: Getting to know their fellow classmates while exploring the campuses they’ll call home during this new journey in their lives. Students also had the chance to learn about organizations, clubs and activities available on campus, as well as meet with their academic advisers to begin plotting their path forward.

And it wasn’t just Mount Saint Mary’s staff and faculty who organized these Orientation days. Most of the student activities were led by returning Athenians who trained to serve as Orientation leaders. The interaction allowed incoming students to get first-hand wisdom straight from students who have experienced all the University has to offer.

The next time most of these first-year students step foot on campus, it will be as full-fledged Athenians during Welcome Week 2015 this August.

To see photos from both campuses’ Orientation days, check out our Facebook album.

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