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Kara Blakeslee of Wall Township, N.J. selected as a Quinnipiac University orientation leader

HAMDEN, CT (03/15/2012)(readMedia)-- Kara Blakeslee of Wall Township, N.J. was selected as a Quinnipiac University orientation leader for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Orientation leaders act as university ambassadors and are among the first individuals to help transition incoming freshmen to campus life. The orientation leaders help freshmen to build confidence, knowledge and motivation to access campus resources, services and information; acclimate to the university community; and develop personally and academically. The orientation leaders also help freshmen to appreciate the differences within the student population and develop a network of students and faculty who will help them advance their education and career goals.

During the sessions orientation leaders are divided into teams of two who lead groups of approximately 12 incoming students during four summer orientation weekends. They take the freshmen through ice breakers and team building exercises to create excitement surrounding college life.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls more than 6,000 full-time undergraduate and more than 2,000 graduate students in 53 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges issue. The 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master's programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges."

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