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ORSEM 2015: Freshmen start their journey at ALS

THE 2015 Freshmen Orientation Seminar (OrSem), held July 23-25, 2015, was the result of months of hard work by Batch 2018 of the Ateneo Law School (ALS). Themed Journeys: Together in Fl19ht, the OrSem was geared towards preparing the incoming freshmen with the rigors of law school and instilling in them the mind-set that bar preparation starts from day one. As OrSem Co-Head Mitch Espiritu (2-D) pointed out, the inception of the theme was brought about by the objective of introducing a sustainable culture to incoming law students that would emphasize long-term learning rather than semestral survivability.

Aside from traditional activities regarding learning styles and lifestyle tips, Day 1 of OrSem showcasedthe tracking system introduced by the ALS. Atty. Toto Villareal (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Atty. Jaime Hofilena (Litigation), Atty. Antonio Ligon (Corporate and Business Law) and Atty. Patrick Perillo (International Law and Development) shared their experiences with regard to their field of expertise while Atty. Amparita Sta. Maria discussed the overall process of the tracking system. Day 1 of the OrSem ended with a Mass to celebrate the entry of the freshmen to the ALS community.

Day 2 of OrSem included talks given by ALS alumni Atty. Dianne Wilwayco, Atty. Angela Antonio and Atty. Ryan Quan. The three gave advice to incoming freshmen on how to properly adjust in law school and also shared their personal experiences when they were still students. The OrSem team also provided the students with workshops on digest making, case reading and proper reciting on the same day.

On Day 3 of OrSem, students were tested when they were subjected to two rounds of mock recitations. The OrSem team installed per block ALS students as bogus professors for the first round and invited a real professor to conduct the final round of recitations.  The first round of recitation was aimed to expose the students to the worst-case scenario. The whole event concluded with OrSem Night wherein the freshmen were given a chance to interact with each other and showcase their talents in the coveted Mr. and Ms. OrSem Talent Competition. Ivan Lee and Lyka Benitez (1-F) came home with the titles of Mr. and Ms. OrSem 2015.

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The Orsem 2015 Executive Committee includes Overall Heads Mitch Espiritu (2-D) and Marianne Dela Cruz (2-B), Finance Head Chris Co (2-C), Documentation and Publication Head Eloize Dayanghirang (2-D), Secretariat Heads Francis Bautista (2-C) and Lina Domingo (2-D), Logistics Head Ace Ancheta (2-B) and Haydn Tan (2-C), Talks and Tours (TNTs) Heads Nicole Gruta (2-C) and Nina Santiago (2-B), Marketing Heads Kim Mondejar (2-B) and Zeth Samson (2-C), and Programs Heads Mico Clavano (2-C) and Sarah Ganto (2-A).

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