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Office of Leadership & LearningFirst-Year Service Experience

First-Year Service Experience

The 2022 First-Year Service Experience will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th.

The First-Year Service Experience (FSE) is designed to give incoming students to Old Dominion University the chance to move in early, meet their participating peers and upperclassmen site leaders, and engage in their new community by performing service in Hampton Roads with their fellow Monarchs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at volunteer@odu.edu or 757-683-3919.

FSE Group

2022 registration will close on August 10, 2022

New Students: Register for FSE now! Upperclassmen: Apply to be an FSE Volunteer Leader!

Upperclassmen looking to apply to be an FSE Volunteer Leader can apply on MonarchGroups here by Sunday, July 31st.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

  • Freshmen and transfer students living on campus move in between 9am-noon
  • 3:30PM (required): Welcome Reception with all FSE participants (new students living on campus, new students living off campus, and FSE Volunteer Leaders)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - Day of Freshman Service Experience (all day required)

  • 8:30 AM: Check in
  • 9 AM: Welcome and grab-n-go breakfast
  • 9:30 AM: Load buses and travel to service locations
  • 10 AM - 12 PM: Service at various locations
  • 12:30 PM: Arrive back to campus
  • 12:45 PM: Lunch and Reflection
  • 4-5 PM: Monarch 101 (All new students are required to attend Monarch 101; FSE participants are unable to attend Monarch 101 on on Tues, Aug 23rd due to the FSE Welcome Reception, so all FSE participants should attend the Wed, Aug 24th session)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in FSE?

Any incoming student who is new to ODU can participate, including transfer students and incoming students not living on campus.

When can I move in?

FSE participants will move into their fall housing assignment on Tuesday, August 23rd. On August 10th, FSE participants will be invited to sign-up for their preferred move-in date and time. FSE students will see timeblock options on August 23rd from 9am-noon that will not be made available as options to the general on-campus residential students.

What if I'm a commuter student?

Commuter students are welcome to participate in the program and will check in with FSE during the welcome reception.

What service project will I be doing?

Service projects vary from year to year depending on the needs of the community. A variety of projects will be arranged and students will get a chance to sign up for the service project of their choice on a first-come, first-serve basis. Past projects have included community clean ups, working at homeless shelters, in community gardens, with the elderly, and in animal shelters.

Do I have to pay to participate?

There is no cost associated with this program, all we ask is that you exemplify what it means to be a Monarch Citizen by showing up on time, keeping a positive attitude, and serving your best.

Are there meals included?

A reception on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 23rd, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, August 24th are included.

I'm a community agency, how can I host a group of student volunteers?

Contact volunteer@odu.edu with information on how many volunteers you'd need and your project idea.

I have a question that hasn't been answered. Who can I talk to?

Please email volunteer@odu.edu or call the Office of Leadership & Learning at 757-683-3919 and we'll be happy to answer your questions!

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