I know – I am sorry! It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blogging world. I’m back! I recently did a live webinar with CollegeWeekLIVE about summer orientation and I figured now would be a great time to get back to committing myself to the blog world and helping my high school and college followers. So what is summer orientation? It is your opportunity to interact with peers, faculty, and staff, in and outside the classroom. Orientation typically covers both academic and social events. It can be a one day event, a weekend event where you would stay overnight in the dorms or it may be an overnight program mid-week. You will:
- Get separated into orientation groups. They are groups of freshman who will be led by upperclassman that are called orientation leaders. Your orientation leaders will be like you “camp counselor” throughout orientation and will keep you on schedule, bring you from event to event, and place to place.
- Learn about campus resources and services that support academic and personal development.
- Build your semester schedule
- Take placement exams.
- Understand how to lead healthy and sustainable lifestyles
- Icebreakers with your orientation group
- Attend social events to meet new students
- Have fun!
THINGS TO DO
Embrace the awkward
Meet as many people as you can
Attend all events
Introduce yourself to a Professor!!! I am a huge fan of this!
Save the parties for later
THINGS NOT TO DO
Close yourself off from meeting people
Only talk to the same people
Text/call/use your phone
Let orientation ruin your experience
I hope you have a GREAT experience. However, remember that orientation is just one or two days and it should not reflect the next 4 years of your life. If you have a negative experience do not jump to conclusions. You need to give your college experience a chance.