College orientation…. it’s like summer camp on steroids. A lot of awkward high school seniors and a handful of overly excited, enthusiastic, screaming college students who are trying to make you feel right at home. Orientation is a great way to meet your incoming freshman class and learn the in’s and outs of your college. You may be visiting your campus for one full day, maybe overnight or possibly staying a full weekend. Either way, orientation can be a great time or scare the heck out of your. Try and make the most of it… see my Orientation Tips below;
1. Don’t judge your college experience by your orientation weekend. There are always students who cry their eyes out after the first day of orientation because they say they’ve made a mistake and hate the college. It’s ONE day! If i judged my college by my orientation weekend I would have been out after the first girl screamed “YAHHHHH! WELCOME! WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU ARE HERE” and then proceeded to blow a fog horn in my face. Even if you don’t enjoy your orientation, you need to give your school a longer chance before you make any drastic changes.
2. Don’t do drugs, don’t drink! It’s not worth it. How embarrassing would it be if you got caught drinking and then got kicked out of school before you even started classes?? True story – this has happened maaaaaaaaaany times.
3. Introduce yourself to a professor or dean. There are usually professors and/or deans at orientation welcoming the class or talking about the departments that they are a part of. When you get the chance (and yes it will be uncomfortable and a little scary) go up to one of them and introduce yourself and tell them how excited you are to start school. Fast forward to freshman year…. send that professor an e-mail and go meet with them. Talk to them about internships, classes, careers, etc. That professor will be an essential resource throughout your college experience.
4. Be nice to your orientation leaders. Make friends with them. They are upper classmen, their friends are upperclassman – enough said.