Freshman orientation is the first big step to becoming a college student. It’s the moment you all look forward to as you leave behind everything you know for the unknown. It marks the quickly approaching end of summer vacation and the start of a new chapter.
During orientation you can expect to get your school ID, schedule classes, get an extensive campus tour where you will learn where things like the library and dining halls are located and participate in a number of fun activities with your fellow classmates.
Here are 3 tips on how you can maximize your college freshman orientation experience.
- Plan ahead
Visit your school’s website and get all the information you need regarding information. Be informed about where you’ll be staying, familiarize yourself with the itinerary if there is one posted and any activities that will take place. Be sure to make note of any paperwork you need to return during orientation. Check out the course catalog online so that you have a basic idea of what classes are offered in the fall along with your major requirements to make scheduling as easy as possible.
You may be reluctant to get up in front of strangers and sing karaoke or dance, but be sure to keep an open mind during your orientation. Leave your comfort zone behind and have fun. Orientation is a great chance to meet new people and try new things. Don’t miss out on any opportunities because being a college freshman only happens once.
- Take notes
It’s no doubt that orientation will be information-overload so it’s important to take notes of the information you find to be most important such as resources on campus, policies and information regarding class registration. Keeping notes will provide you with a convenient reference later on.
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