New Employee/Student-Athlete Orientations

A new student-athlete has recently been recruited to your tennis program. She is of Pacific Islander decent. In the last five matches of her high school career she has won every set. She is being touted as becoming the best in the conference, and some speculate she might be an Olympic hopeful.

Upon arriving at your university all student-athletes go through both a student (freshmen) orientation as well as a student-athlete (novice) orientation. You check on your new recruit throughout the orientation process. She looks out of place and confused. You know that she appeared shy off the tennis courts and was always surrounded by family who are now far away. When you talk to the trainers as well as her teammates you discover she has not really spoken to anyone.

As you reflect on how you would approach this problem consider three things:

  1. New student (athlete, coach, and employee) orientations are frequently overwhelming because of the large amount of important information that is conveyed.
  2. Differences in culture often exaggerate gaps in understanding and student, coaches, or administrators, after often reluctant to impose upon others during their initiation into new settings.
  3. Misunderstandings stemming from orientations can result in poor academic, athletic, and job performance and overall satisfaction.

On September 13th, 2015, posted in: MAIN

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