So, my whole comment about everyone being older was way off base. Apparently I had only seen about half the people, and when the others came in, there were a lot of others that were recent college grads.
The orientation, and the actual programming that went with it, didn't do much for me. I'm not saying that it sucked, it's just that the sessions they ran were very rudimentary. I feel like my opinion though is the minority, as most of the others, especially the older people, seemed to be exposed to a lot of new ideas. Our workshops focused on things like introductions, diversity, communities, etc. Just general basic stuff, that I've experienced, either through company training sessions, student government conferences, and leadership courses. Perhaps the one benefit of these sessions was seeing just how set in the ways some older people are, struggling with understanding symbollism (they had trouble with Stone Soup), and realizing just how multi-faceted diversity can be.
The positive part of orientation was meeting lots of people and hanging out with them. We went out every night, and just hung out, and it was interesting since the reasons people do AmeriCorps are so broad. We had birthdays to celebrate each night too, so that helped. After doing the birthday thing, three of us went to another bar, and hung out. We had a great conversation, talking about what we wanted to do with our lives, how we had gotten to where we were, and also venting about the parts/people that we didn't like about orientation. The most interesting part to me was that of the two others I was with, the guy was really into Myers-Briggs, and we had a good conversation about that. I asked him what he though my personality was, after he had already guessed at the girls, and he said he though I was in the middle. Surprisingly enough, he's probably pretty accurate. Back when I was in junior high and high school, I'd come up as ISTP, INTJ, ISTJ, etc. I remember I took the Kiersey a couple years ago and came up as something, maybe ESTP? I was surprised that I had gone from introvert to extrovert, but looking back it's pretty accurate. And on the other issues, I can see myself waffling back and forth . . . I'll have to go take the Kiersey again when I have Internet access. (I apologize for not having a like to it, but I'm sure if you sure for "myers-briggs online test" on Google you'll find it in the first few results. I also want to go back and read up on what each category is.
I'm sure over the next few days I'll have a lot more to post, and hopefully I'll avoid these super-long entries by posting a bit more frequently.