August 28, 2012 - 12:00am
One of the highlights this year of fall orientation was "Voices of the Class." This dramatic, spoken-word performance was included as part of the Tuesday morning president's welcome session and brought plenty of laughter and cheers from the audience.
"It's a great way to build community," said "Voices" director Chris de la Cruz, a student at Middlebury College, where "Voices of the Class" is an annual tradition. "Students get to hear their own voices."
The performers -- returning students and staff -- shared funny and thought-provoking responses that the incoming class had given in response to a list of prompts sent to them over the summer.
"You get to hear other students' voices that are in the room with you," said de la Cruz. "You get this feeling that 'I'm not alone' and everyone else is nervous about this new step, too."
According to de la Cruz, the ultimate goal of "Voices of the Class" is for students to feel happy and excited about being here.
"I want them to hear the voices and say this is exactly why I came to the Monterey Institute," said de la Cruz. If the audience's response is any indication, "Voices of the Class" achieved its goals with flying colors.