Meet the Staff

Meet the Orientation Staff

Our team is here to welcome you and show you all that Merrimack has to offer

Orientation Coordinators

Your Orientation Coordinators are upperclassmen selected to assist in the operations of the Orientation Program.

Max Beland ’24

Max Beland ’24

Hometown: Pelham NH
Majors: Political Science & International Studies
Minor: Religious and Theological Studies
One thing I wish I knew before Orientation: I wish I had known that I could really be myself when I get to college. I was a little hesitant to get out of my shell when I first got here, and I wish I had just full sent it from the beginning.
Why I chose Merrimack: I chose Merrimack because I wanted to find a school that wasn’t just a place to learn academically, but a place to holistically grow as a person. I wanted a college that would be my home away from home, and act almost like an extended family.

Serena Cook ’23

Serena Cook ’23

Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island
Major: Business Administration with a double concentration in Corporate Finance and Investments and Management
Minor: Religion and Theological Studies
One thing I wish I knew before Orientation: One thing I wish I knew before Orientation was that it’s okay not to know everyone going into it! Even though it can be intimidating being in a place where there’s a lot of unfamiliar faces, it just means that there’s so many opportunities to make new lifelong friends and connections you would have never had if you never chose Merrimack!
Why I chose Merrimack: My dad graduated from Merrimack and was on the basketball team while he was here! Growing up, I came to Merrimack every year for alumni basketball games so the campus has always felt like home to me. When it became that time in high school to think about college, I knew that Merrimack was my first choice!

Derryn Langlois ’23

Derryn Langlois ’23

Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Majors: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Minor: Business Management
One thing I wish I knew before Orientation: One thing I wish I knew before Orientation was to not be afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. I didn’t participate much in the activities, and I didn’t talk to many of the people in my group. I didn’t make as many connections as I would have liked, and I regret not talking to more people!
Why I chose Merrimack: I chose Merrimack because I wanted a school where I wasn’t just another number, but instead a place where I could truly feel like I was making a difference.

Lily Schaefer-Calderon ’23

Lily Schaefer-Calderon ’23

Hometown: Palmer, MA
Majors: English and Secondary Education
Minor: Women’s & Gender Studies
One thing I wished I knew before Orientation: That it’s okay to be completely yourself! It’s okay to be nervous about making new friends, but if you are just yourself then I promise you’ll find your people!
Why I chose Merrimack: I knew Merrimack was going to be my home away from home the second I stepped on campus. The small size and personalized feel from the start made me confident that I could easily find my place in the Merrimack community.

Chris Sokol ’23

Chris Sokol ’23

Hometown: Durham, CT
Majors: Psychology
Minor: Religious and Theological Studies
One thing I wish I knew before Orientation: One thing I wish I knew was to not be nervous. Orientation is a fun time where you meet new friends and have new experiences. For me, the transition from high school to college made me very nervous, but through Orientation it made me excited and prepared for starting my journey at Merrimack.
Why I chose Merrimack: I chose Merrimack because it is a community of students, faculty, and staff that are all so caring about everything. Merrimack was the only school I came to visit and it felt like home.

Orientation Leaders

Your Orientation Leaders are comprised of upperclassmen who will work in small groups with all new students. They are a great resource for students to ask questions, share concerns, etc.

Professional Staff

Our professional staff helps to supervise our student leaders on campus and also work to shape the program for both students and families.