You say someone told you that orientation is not really important and you plan to skip it? Well, before you skip it you might want to consider what you could be missing out on before you decide to skip it. Here are some tips on why you should go to orientation and how to get the most out of it.
REASON #1 – Orientation will help you achieve a smooth transition and get familiar with the student support services offered at your school. Have you ever bought a high-tech gadget but you didn’t know how to work all of the features? (Because you never read the instructions that came with it?) Well, college is the same way. Colleges often have a lot to offer but you may not necessarily know how to access it until you attend (and stay engaged) in orientation. The point is to help you become more knowledgeable about what resources the school offers when you need help instead of just fumbling around trying to figure everything out (like with that new gadget). Trust me, you will need help at one time or another during your stay at the institution.
REASON #2 – Orientation helps you get connected with your peers as well as faculty, mentors and student development staff at the institution. Think about it, any new place is a lot less scary when you know someone. When you attend orientation you will probably get to know other students who are just as scared as you but who will become potential lifelong friends. Orientation is the first opportunity to begin building community in your new home. Bottom line, orientation is your first opportunity to get connected, stay connected and ultimately graduate. (Pssst… In case nobody’s told you… that’s the goal!)
Now before you brush off your college orientation be sure to consider the reasons I’ve given you above. By taking heed to them you’re on your way to a successful college experience.
Get Connected. Stay Connected. Graduate.