Preview was a life-changing experience. It’s one of those things that is difficult to articulate how much it impacts you unless you’re speaking to another Preview Staffer. There are fun moments like performing skits, dancing, doing cheers, the inside jokes, and the free food and gear; but there are moments of tremendous stress and pressure that push you to go beyond what you even thought was possible of yourself. You are forced to break the mold of who you are and go outside your comfort zone for the sake of your students and fellow staffers. What it really boils down to is YOU are guiding these new students through one of life’s biggest transitions. It’s not an easy job, but nothing good in life is. These students will look to you for advice, knowledge, and sometimes hope. Whether it’s helping make a major choice at nighttime advising, or receiving hugs from students on day 2, they impact you while you impact them. When it’s all over you will feel like you just ran a marathon, and you will look back in awe that you helped literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of people coming to our University, and you do it alongside 42 of the most dedicated and caring people you’ve ever met in your life. I bonded with my staffers over this shared experience. It’s really unique and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
My biggest piece of advice if you apply is to be yourself. You don’t have to be a great dancer; you don’t have to be an extrovert, you just need to be you. Preview will always be a defining moment in my life, that I hope you too will discover the beauty in it too. Go Gators.