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Avery Davis '16

Student Thrives at Valpo as Orientation Assistant

Many in the Valpo community call Orientation Assistants (OAs) an incoming student’s “first Valpo friends,” but for Avery Davis ’16, the relationship is more than that.

“I consider myself a mentor to new students and am there to answer their questions about what student life is like, what’s fun to do on the weekends, what happens if you fail a test — all of the OAs have lived through those moments, so we’re able to share our experiences and help them,” says Avery.

Avery, originally from Gary, Ind., is the recipient of the The C.V. Starr Scholarship and received his degree in Chinese and music at Valpo this May.

He explains that being an OA carries with it a certain amount of pride. Not only do OAs plan and execute the FOCUS orientation program for new students at the beginning of the academic year, they also represent the University as Valpo students’ first point of contact and first relationship at the University.

“Even throughout the year we help students who aren’t sure yet of where they’re going, or if they have questions about their academics, or what to do when they get stressed,” he says. “It’s a great opportunity for us to really grow as students and individuals.”

As Avery plans his career goals following graduation, he says he’s grateful for the scholarship support he’s received. “Scholarships help students understand the importance of education — that someone is willing to give money to someone else to be able to build upon themselves through education is deeply humbling," says Avery.

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