August 12, 2015, was gorgeous and sunny- the perfect backdrop for Move-In Day at ICO. The Class of 2019 arrived at the RC ready to move in to their new home. The orientation team met the new group of future ODs with carts and helping hands. Everyone was motivated by music from ICO’s first-ever Spotify playlist, curated by the Class of 2019. That evening, to help ease the transition of moving to a new city, the orientation team held an outdoor dinner.
Four days of orientation followed. There were lectures and presentations to prepare the students for the challenges of optometry school. VP and Dean of Academic Affairs Stephanie Messner, OD, assured, “We believe in you. We believe you can do this.” This sentiment was reflected by faculty, staff, and an ICO current student panel.
After receiving their IDs and stacks of notes for the quarter, students bonded with icebreaker sessions. They discussed which restaurant has the best deep dish pizza, interesting facts about their home towns, and other fun information. Already, new students were forging strong friendships with their colleagues.
Each night, the orientation team took the Class of 2019 to favorite spots in Chicago. The final city adventure was an architectural boat tour. Many students called this their favorite part of orientation weekend. It was a relaxing way to conclude a week full of welcome.
We wish the new class much success! Pictures and memories from move-In and orientation can be found on social media with the hashtag #WelcomeToICO.