In order to get the most out of orientation you must have an open mind. With the right attitude you will be able to listen and absorb all of the information that will be provided to you during orientation. Make sure you arrive prepared with paper and something to write with or record on. You’ll receive so much information your brain will be on overload and you’ll be able to review your notes later. Be sure to pay close attention to names, buildings and campus resources so you can notate where you might go if you have a specific challenge.
Additionally, be sure to follow all the rules. It’s tempting to skip some sessions, but it’s in your best interest to attend each session. Particularly those that are required like meeting your academic advisor, resident assistant or residence life staff. Many of the questions you may have about your academic schedule or residence hall can be answered by simply attending orientation. Trust me, this is not something you want to deal with the first day of classes. So make it a priority to go to everything because it will save you time, energy and money.
Here’s a helpful key list of who you’ll want to meet during orientation:
- Financial Aid Administrators
- Residence Life Staff (Your RA and Residence Director/Hall Director)
- Honors Directors
- Academic Advisor
- Faculty Members
- Student Support Services Staff (Tutors, Career Services, Student Life)
Your list may look slightly different, but you get the gist. This is just one of your first opportunities on the road to college success.