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How to Make the Most of Freshman Orientation

How to Make the Most of Freshman Orientation

You only get one freshman orientation, so you want to go with an open mind and enthusiasm. It’s a new and busy process, but making the most of your orientation can lay the foundation for fruitful years in the future. Here are some tips for maximizing your experience during orientation.

Meet Others

Whether you have a hundred upperclassmen friends or don’t know anybody on campus, getting to know some of your peers makes getting comfortable on campus easy. Orientation also presents you with the best opportunity to introduce yourself to others.

Most freshmen are looking for new friends and many are too shy to reach out. So be the brave one and take initiative to meet new people, as this is a good way to start your campus social life. Who knows, one little conversation can lead to lifelong friendships.

Attend Optional Events

Being really involved in freshman events isn’t always mandatory, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. Events like fairs, icebreakers, performing arts showcases and off-campus gatherings provide opportunities to socialize. These events might not take place once classes begin, so go if you can.

Don’t Worry about Classes

It’s difficult to stay stress-free during orientation when you’re aware that classes are just around the corner. Luckily, the first week of classes is focused on learning the course syllabus and what professors expect from students. Assignments don’t pick up until the second or third week. Put your thoughts about classes and coursework on hold and focus on your orientation.

Ask Questions

Freshman orientation is the best way to get all of your college and university questions answered by faculty and upperclassmen. Those already at your school understand how incoming freshmen arrive with every question imaginable, so the resources for answers are all around you. 

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