Orientation is an exciting time for a student. It is the opportunity to really learn about the college or university you’ll be moving to in the fall. It is also a great chance to explore your surroundings, meet your peers and network with future professors, advisors and mentors. Orientation can absolutely be one of your favorite memories and experiences in college–it’s memorable, thus be sure to capitalize on all it has to offer.
During your orientation period, there are a million different things to see and do. Here are the premiere must-attend events for any freshman:
- A student panel: If you want to know what it’s really like to be a student in college, be sure to check out a student panel during your time at orientation. Students can be open and honest about their majors, professors and overall college experience thus far. You may get to learn a few things about your campus that you didn’t know. Also, feel free to ask questions during a panel–if you have one, it’s more than likely that someone else in the room has the same question.
- Tours of your surroundings: During orientation, it’s all about familiarizing yourself with the place you’ll be calling home for the next four years. Forgot to check out the gym? Want to explore the town or city surrounding your university? There’s probably a tour for both. Orientation will make you feel like you know your school as well as you know the back of your hand, especially before all the other students hit campus for the fall semester. Take advantage of the tours–you’ll be thankful you did!
- Receptions with professors and administrators: If you have the chance to meet administrators and professors before your first class, definitely do it! Professors and administrators are your biggest fans in college–they teach you, guide you, encourage you and are happy that you for chose their university. If you begin networking with them early in your college career, you may have access to jobs, internships and other connections in the near future. Plus, they make great mentors for when you’re about to declare a major or find a job somewhere down the line. Lastly, they can be a great asset down the road should you need a recommendation letter.
- Nighttime events for other incoming freshmen: Usually, orientation will consist of academic-focused events like registering for classes, the textbook ordering process and preparing for your major requirements. At night, all of those go away and new students can have fun! If there’s a big orientation party for new freshmen on campus, go! You’ll meet lots of other new students and pick up a lot of free things from your school. You may also be able to visit different clubs and organizations to find out which one is the best fit for you.
College orientation may seem intimidating, but it’s meant to be enjoyable and knowledgeable at the same time. Have fun exploring your campus and meeting new people. GradGuard wishes you all the best in the upcoming year!