A Need For NSO: An Incoming Freshman’s Perspective

The summer prior to college is comprised of family vacations, jobs and dorm shopping. Also, for incoming freshmen, institutions commonly host their orientations during the break before freshman year.

However, Morehouse College is unique, not simply because the college holds its New Student Orientation (NSO) a week before classes begin, but also because there are indescribable virtues, guidance and knowledge preached throughout the powerful week that are different from any other college in the world.

“NSO was a good week that allowed me to transition smoothly into Morehouse,” freshman Computer Science major Sam Hood said. “I learned about the history of the college and what it takes to be successful here.”

Disregarding the terrors of communal bathrooms, the transition into not only becoming a college student, but also being inducted into the literal brotherhood of the institution was more than a warm welcome into college.

“NSO was an exhilarating experience because I was able to walk the hallowed grounds of Morehouse College,” freshman Biology major Aaron Morris said. “Experiencing this type of brotherhood could only happen through a program like NSO. NSO just confirmed the fact that I made the right decision by going here.”

From the first ceremony, “Welcome to the House,” every speaker had an agenda to use powerful rhetoric to sway the crowd to make it clear that the class of 2019 is destined for greatness. This let us know that Morehouse did not make a mistake by admitting us, and that there was a reason we were sitting in those seats.

“We were born to win.” Continually hearing similar phrases such as the aforementioned for a week straight was impactful. Black men in America aren’t exposed to the uplifting that others typically are; we’re feared and often victims of stereotypes.

I’ve never had a Black doctor, I’ve never met a Black lawyer, I’ve never met a Black politician and the list continues. I’m from Athens, Georgia. Cities similar to Athens drain away Black aspirations and paint the picture of Black “success” as becoming collegiate athletes at the local University of Georgia or unsuccessful local rappers. NSO was my first exposure to Black excellence; this was a community that I had been yearning to indulge in for my whole life in Athens. NSO was what I needed.

On Alumni Interaction night, the new students were exposed to successful Morehouse Men. The alumni generously shared their stories of success and tribulation, which were, again, more knowledge to be absorbed by the newest men of Morehouse.

NSO was indescribable. Whether it was “Welcome to the House,” “Spirit Night,” or even that early morning for “Whom the Bell Tolls,” I personally appreciate the faculty, NSO leaders, and anyone who contributed to putting together this remarkable week of culture and brotherhood.

The many affirming responses of incoming students seemed to reiterate the significance of New Student Orientation week.

“NSO was one of the best weeks of my life,” freshman Biology major Juan Clark stated. “During NSO, I learned the true meaning of brotherhood, and what it meant to truly be a Man of Morehouse.”


Chad Rhym

Contributing Writer – Opinions


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