So here’s the general breakdown of FYSOP.
The first day everyone breaks into their issue areas and they listen to people from various organizations around Boston speak about the issue and the importance that comes from helping. I was in children so people in social services, school systems and hospitals came and discussed issues facing children in cities. The first day basically gets you pumped up to help.
The next four days you go to different locations where you volunteer and help either directly or indirectly. For example my group put together newborn baby care packages, cleaned up a high school and played with little kids in day cares.
The work really isn’t that hard. Everyone is putting a lot of effort in so it really goes by quickly and easily.
You do also make friends. FYSOP is an easy way to bond with other freshman that are just as nervous/excited to be starting college and also have the same passion as you so it’s easy to form bonds.
I would recommend FYSOP. I think at the very least you get to start the college experience a little bit more slowly. You get an extra week to adjust which really helped me.