Behind the Scenes: Orientation Skits

The Student Leaders pose for a group shot after rehearsal.

The Student Leaders pose for a group shot after rehearsal.

After three long and exhausting days full of hard work, some of the Jamestown Community College Student Leaders (Peer Mentors, Student Senators, and RAs) gathered together at Scharmann Theatre on the Jamestown Campus to learn and be part of the skits that we performed during orientation. Even though it was hard and stressful at times, our trainer/director, Kenneth, an actor, singer, and music producer from Atlanta, GA, who has worked with famous artists and actors, including Tyler Perry, did everything in his power to make this experience fun and worthwhile. In all, we performed 14 skits, with topics ranging from time management and procrastination, to how to handle abusive relationships and suicide.

Kenneth, the director of our skits, watches a rehearsal performance.

Kenneth, the director of our skits, watches a rehearsal performance.

This experience exceeded all of my expectations. I thought it was just going to be work, work, work. But actually, as our trainer would say, it was “Cool, Cool, Cool!” I had an amazing time rehearsing with everyone. I feel as if the RAs, Peer Mentors and Senate Members bonded to the point that I can actually say, with confidence, that we all became one big, happy family. Over the course of the three days of training, we all became more confident and outspoken, while still remaining respectful and understanding.

A group practices their skit outside the ARSC Center.

Rehearsal!

But performing these skits wasn’t just about having a good time, and we learned a lot more than what you should do if you have trouble getting your homework in on time. Through each scene, we learned and understood more about each other. We discovered that not everyone has the same life story. It’s an obvious point, but many times the most important things and the most overlooked are the most obvious. Everyone is unique and everyone has gone through many things in their life. These scenes demonstrated some obstacles, problems, and situations college students may go through, as well as the different ways they can be solved or how someone can get help and figure out how to deal with whatever difficulties they encounter. I cannot emphasize enough how glad and honored I am that I got to be a part of such a presentation. I hope that you all related to at least one of the scene, and that you all loved the skits as much as We, the Student Leaders, loved presenting them!

 

About the author

Jeany Melendez

Hola! I'm Jeany from Jamestown, NY. I'm a sophomore Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science major, focusing on political science with a concentration in pre-law. I'm also a JCC Peer Mentor and Spanish peer tutor. The opportunity to be more involved in the campus community as a Student Senate member gives me the chance to help plan and organize activities and support club efforts. I also enjoy painting, singing, and volunteer work.