Among the various definitions listed in the online Urban Dictionary for the Greek exclamation, “OPA!” , the one I like the best is “a word or pronouncement of celebration; the celebration of life itself.”
I find that especially fitting and true for the group of students that claim OPA as their acronym.
Each summer, these students comprise the cluster of shining stars that brighten campus and the futures of new students arriving for summer orientation sessions running June 5 through July 21.
Orientation Peer Assistants – OPAs – represent the team of outgoing, charismatic and energetic Minnesota State Mankato students assembled by Mel Iverson, assistant director of orientation, and the professional staff in the New Student and Family Programs office. These students serve as peer guides, mentors, and motivators as new students get a sampling of the college experience.
Where this is all leading is that recruitment of the Summer 2014 OPA crew will be starting in January. On Thursday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Preska Room 126, New Student and Family Programs will host an OPA information session. Benefits for becoming an OPA include:
• Helping welcome new student to campus
• Earning up to $3,600
• Gaining transferable leadership skills
• Free housing and meals during orientation
• Making lifelong friendships
• Earning university credit.
Students interested in becoming OPAs may submit their applications until 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
So if you have that certain “joie de vivre,” a paid summer on campus spent sharing, helping and growing may be an application away. OPA!
– Lenny Koupal, CSU Communications Coordinator