Parents and Families


Nate Shrapnell makes our campus a more welcoming place. Chances are, you and your family members might already know him. After spending two summers working for the Office of New Student Programs as both a Student Orientation Leader and Parent Orientation Leader, he has helped thousands of people make a smooth transition into their time as a college student or as the parent of one. 

Nate, a senior Sociology major from St. Clair, Michigan applied to be an Orientation Leader to become more involved in the campus community and give back to others, but the position has also had an important impact on his experience as a student. He says that, "After being an Orientation Leader for a summer, I really came to learn so much more about the university as a whole, what it has to offer, and even who I am as a Michigan Wolverine." Working with numerous campus departments, services and professionals let Nate help new students and families, but also made him more connected and able to maximize the many opportunities available to him at U-M. 

Some of the major aspects of the Orientation Leader role include public speaking, event preparation and facilitation, leading small group discussions, and building relationships with new students and their families to help make their transition as smooth as possible. Nate says that his time as an Orientation Leader has "Taught me how to take initiative, how to work effectively and efficiently in diverse teams, enhance my interpersonal skills, and much more. It has also built my overall self-confidence." Moving into the future, he credits his experiences, relationships, and skills that he gained as an Orientation Leader as making him feel more prepared for his professional career and life post-graduation.

Nate's experience helps prove what many Michigan students already know, that through giving back to others, you might get much more than you expected in return.  

Do you think your student might be interested in being an Orientation Leader? The application is now available on the Office of New Student Programs websiteApplications are due January 17 at 5:00 pm


To help Student Life continue making a difference in students' lives, please consider making a gift.