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Preparing Through On-Campus Orientation

When you first arrive on campus, you will likely be invited (or required) to take part in an orientation event.  This event is generally 3 days to a week in length and hosts a name like “On-Campus Orientation”, “International Student Orientation” or, as my university called it, “Welcome Week”.  Students sometimes sigh thinking of the need to sit in orientation classes or roll their eyes at the games that require participation during these first few days, but trust me: no matter how cheesy, the orientation/welcome period of your freshman year of university is not only helpful, it is FUN.  Plus, it is probably the best thing that you can do to prepare yourself for the rest of the year!
On-campus orientation does just what it sounds like: it orients you.  But worry not – it is MUCH more than simply a tour of the campus!  Orientation is often conducted in small groups of new students led by student leaders, so you get to learn the ropes from someone who knows their way alongside new students like yourself.  This group of students is often the place where you make your first friends.  You’ll always have your roommate, of course, but you LIVE with your roommate.  These students will live all over campus and be involved in a variety of studies and activities, so your open participation in events will instantly widen your social network!  Orientation will likely require you to sit in on sessions about using campus electronics and the library, explain certain requirements within your area of study, offer an activities fair so you can sign up for clubs, sports, and service organizations, and learn how to get involved in student government.  There will be sessions on studying abroad, on how to use career services, and how to find student jobs.
Our recommendation: do EVERYTHING that orientation offers you.  You may be jet-lagged, you may feel lazy, or you may be a wee-bit intimidated, but believe me: it’s worth it!  Even if a session seems boring (aka the explanation of the dewey decimal system from your resident librarian), you’ll be glad that you participated.  Take every opportunity to meet people, to introduce yourself to professors and staff, and to ask questions.  The investments that you make during orientation will help you build a network of challenge and support, and these people, services, and resources will be there to push you and to catch you for the rest of your college career.  Orientation week prepares you for success – so jump right in!

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