“We Love Dick!” - An Ambivert’s Guide to Frosh Week

Even having known that orientation is intended to get froshies to break out of their shells, I never imagined that I would be parading through the streets of Toronto, chanting and screaming how much I love Dick (also known as Richard, Glendon’s favourite blue lion mascot). Most of all, I could never have anticipated how much I would enjoy it. So whether you missed out on Frosh this year, or your GLO-time has come and gone and this year’s social media hype has you waxing nostalgic, and especially if you’re a fellow Froshie suffering through the first weeks of class going through serious withdrawal, have no fear! Your friendly campus ambivert is here to give you a breakdown of GLO-WEEK.

1. Colour before blood.
I don’t care if you’ve never worn orange in your life, your vision will be tinted the shade of your Frosh group for seven days straight. For me, it was teal (#TealTeam6), and although I’d never thought twice about the difference between blue, teal, and turquoise, I realized very quickly that there is a difference but, no, nobody really knows what it is. We all had our own definitions, but one thing we could collectively agree on was that “IF I WAS BLUE, I’D WANNA BE TEAL TOO”. All this to say that colour groups give you a sense of belonging, and you’ll grow very close to your team members and respective D-Frosh. And although cheer-offs between colour groups can get pretty heated, everyone knows:  “WE ARE ALL BEST FRIENDS, WE ARE ALL BEST FRIENDS!” which leads me to my next point...

2. You will cheer. Even if you don’t know the words, you will cheer.
Nothing - and I mean nothing - can prepare you for the whirlwind of cheers that will be thrown your way over the course of two to three days (or the first night if your First is really ambitious). While it was overwhelming in the beginning, it didn’t take long before even the quietest members of our group were shouting along to full-on dance numbers and to-the-point cheers. The cheers are loud, they’re proud, and they’re a darn great way to make you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.

3. Nothing can prepare you for the thrusts.
As somebody who usually only shows their “wacky” side to their immediate circle of friends, I can totally relate to those froshies who were hesitant to do a pelvic thrust punctuated by a grunt in the middle of a crowd of new faces. However, by Day Two, a sense of mutual understanding slowly begins to rain down over the group, and soon enough, you find yourself right alongside the rest of ‘em. I mean, what says “camaraderie” like hundreds of sexually frustrated teenagers repeatedly air-thrusting and grunting?

4.  It’s give and take, mon ami.
You’ve already heard how great Frosh is for making friends and meeting new people, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. It’s not difficult since there are tons of opportunities laid out for you, but you can’t expect relationships to fall in your lap. Sure, sometimes you won’t want to drag your ass out of your room, and that’s okay - trust me, we all needed time to reboot after some of those events! But make sure that, whenever possible, you’re participating in activities and putting yourself out there. I don’t know how many times I asked people their major or where they’re from, but it’s like an effective (and healthy) gateway drug for starting a conversation. You don’t have to be the first one to speak up every time, but just be open to meeting people from different circles.

5. We are Froshies & we are PROUD!
Sure, Glendon is roughly the size of a high school, but yes, you’re still going to get lost. You will get lost here, you will get lost at Keele. You will get lost everywhere. You will get lost on a train, you will get lost in the rain (you get the point, right?). Embrace your newbie status! You don’t have to worry about looking confused or feeling stupid for participating in first year events, because guess what? This is (probably) the only time you’ll get to experience university life as a newbie, so ask questions, explore, and make mistakes! We’re part of a really cool community now and there’s no shame in leaning on each other for support.

From what I’ve seen of this campus so far, Glendon doesn’t take itself too seriously. We’re a bunch of weirdos, for lack of a better word! We come from many different places and walks of life, but somehow we all ended up here: draped in brightly coloured t-shirts, screaming at the top of our lungs (bilingually, I might add), all the while trying not to think about OSAP and looming deadlines. As a proud member of #GL2021, I truthfully wouldn’t want it any other way.