This year, the usual emphasis on the importance of making connections as a student has a twist to it. UNLV admissions had to quickly shift the in-person orientation sessions to a virtual format. Leaders like Cruz are key to keeping the orientation experience personal and memorable in the lead up to a most unusual first semester of college.
On orientation days, student leaders break off into private groups on the WebEx platform as incoming students use the time to get to know one another. Cruz uses games like Kahoot! or Quarantine Against Humanity to engage with his groups. Some sessions end up feeling like a virtual party among friends, he said.