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Become a Summer Orientation Counselor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the 2015 Summer “O” Staff. Summer “O” Counselors work together to help orient new students to campus, represent the university at important functions both locally and nationally, and develop their own leadership capacities. Summer O Counselors often become leaders in other areas of campus, in areas ranging from SGA to academic and honors programs.

Becoming a member of the Summer Orientation Staff is extremely competitive. We seek to put together a diverse staff, full of various experiences, backgrounds, strengths, and challenges. We encourage all interested students to apply for these prestigious leadership positions on our campus. Please carefully read the information and follow all directions.

How will the Student Orientation Staff benefit me as a student at MSU?

Making connections throughout the university is critical for your success as a student. As a Summer “O” Counselor, you will have the opportunity to make and enhance connections with faculty, staff, and a variety of students from the MSU community. In addition, you benefit from learning detailed information about university services and programs. Finally, you will be participating in an intense leadership learning experience. If selected, your time on staff will ask you to develop and strengthen your understanding of leadership, and you will be seen and treated as one of the pre-eminent student leaders on our campus.

How will the Summer O Counselor Experience benefit me after graduation?

The Summer “O” Counselor experience will be intentionally designed to enhance your leadership skills and abilities. Counselors will develop skills in group problem solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, multicultural understanding, and team building. The Summer “O” Staff experience also provides you with the unique opportunity to mentor new students. Throughout the year you will have opportunities to use your skills in hands-on situations, thus providing experiences upon which future employers look favorably.


September 29, 2014 - Applications Available

September 22, 2014 - Interest Session
10:00 AM  Ohio Room- Curris Center

September 23, 2014 - Interest Session
11:30 AM Ohio Room - Curris Center and 3:30 PM Mississippi Room - Curris Center

September 29, 2014 - Interest Session
11:00 AM Ohio Room - Curris Center and 4:00 PM Ohio Room - Curris Center

October 17, 2014 - Applications Due
4:30 PM Applicants apply online 
*All applicants must sign up for a group interview and also an individual interview after submitting application online.

October 27, 2014 or October 28, 2014 - Group Interviews - Curris Center Dance Lounge at 6:00pm

*After submitting the application and recommendation letter, please sign up for a group interview in the Office of Recruitment.

November 17 - 19, 2014 - Individual Interviews

*After submitting the application and recommendation letter, please sign up for an individual interview in the Office of Recruitment.  

November 24, 2014 - Summer O Counselor Notification

Summer O Counselors

Become a Counselor
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Please refer questions to:
Tara Hawthorne

(270) 809-3580

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