Housing during IntroDUCKtion
Where do SOSers live during the summer?
SOSers are provided housing and meals while in session. Being in session means the night before an IntroDUCKtion session begins and the night in-between a two-day session. When not in session, SOSers are responsible for finding their own living arrangements. Many SOSers sublet a space for the days needed. Many will make arrangements with other SOSers who hold a 12-month lease.
Are SOSers constantly moving their belongings in and out of the residence halls?
No, for most summers, the room assigned to the SOSer is the same room for all of IntroDUCKtion, so SOSers are allowed to leave their belongings in the room. Though for those nights when SOSers are not in session, while their belongings may remain in the residence hall, the SOSer may not.
Do SOSers share a room in the residence hall?
No, SOSers have their own room, but they do live in the halls with new students, so there is a responsibility to be alert and responsive if needed.
Which meals are provided for SOSers?
For two-day IntroDUCKtion sessions, breakfast and lunch are provided both days, and dinner is provided on day one. For one-day IntroDUCKtion sessions, breakfast and lunch are provided.
Spring Term Class
Is the spring term SOSer class required to be an SOSer?
Yes, all SOSers must enroll in FHS 407: Student Orientation Leadership during the spring term.
What credits are earned through the SOSer class?
FHS 407 is a 3-credit course offered as an upper-division elective credit.
Is tuition covered for this class?
No, tuition costs apply like all other classes. SOSers earn upper-division elective credit, and therefore tuition costs apply. By accepting an offer to be an SOSer, students are choosing FHS 407 as the way they meet their upper-division elective requirement, instead of choosing another elective course.
...what if I no longer need upper-division elective credits to meet my graduation requirements?
If you are a senior who has met your elective credit requirements, email Keith Frazee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may need to demonstrate the credits you've earned with a degree audit.
What do SOSers learn during the class?
The SOSer course is built as a leadership development course, including personal identity development, small group facilitation training, orientation and transition theory, student development theory, and mentoring skills training. SOSers are also prepared through the course for IntroDUCKtion and transition programming.
What if I've already taken a different FHS 407 class? Can I still take the SOSer class?
Yes, there are several different FHS 407 classes, but the SOSer class is unique with a specific CRN and therefore required for the experience.
How much do SOSers make throughout the experience?
SOSers are paid on an hourly basis at $11.10/hour. On average SOSers have made around $2,000 in past summers. There are opportunities to add more hours to the workload if an SOSer opts to do so. Additionally SOSers are compensated with housing and meals for a porition of the summer as well as a braggable amount of UO swag.
Can I be both an SOSer and a Resident Assistant (RA)?
Yes, an SOSer can also be an RA without conflict. However, the SOSer must commmunicate this with both Housing and Orientation Programs to be sure scheduling and requirements are planned accordingly for each position.
Can I be both an SOSer and a FIG Assistant (FA)?
Yes, an SOSer can also be an FA without major conflict. However, the SOSer must commmunicate this with both the FIG Program and Orientation Programs to be sure scheduling and requirements are planned accordingly for each position.
Can I be both an SOSer and a Conference Assistant (CA)?
No, an SOSer cannot be a Conference Assistant (CA) as these job requirements are in direct conflict with the SOSer schedule during the summer. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
What is the hiring timeline?
Prospective SOSers should expect a rigorous application process. Applications begin with the online application form, and if selected to advance, applicants will participate in a group interview. The group interview involves approximately 10 applicants and lasts 30 minutes. Following the group interview, if selected to advance, applicants will attend a 30-minute individual interview with the assistant director for Orientation Programs and the student directors. Historically 200+ students apply for the 25-member Student Orientation Staff.