The reality of college set in when it came time for me to go to orientation. I was very anxious because this was the first time, in a very long time, where I was going to be surrounded by folks that I didn’t know. Needless to say, those moments can be very intimidating. Today, I’m bringing you this post to attempt to help you have a smooth orientation experience.
What to wear:
- Tennis Shoes: You’re going to be on your feet for a large portion of the day. You might even get the opportunity to go to the gym as I did–I didn’t go bc lazy. Yes, there are shoes that are just as comfortable as tennis shoes, but I truly think sneakers are the most practical option.
- Jacket: There may be required seminars that will take place in large, cold rooms.
- Comfortable top and bottom: I feel like I keep saying this, but orientation is a very physical day. You want to be comfortable!
What to bring:
- Itinerary: If you’re anything like me, you want to know what’s going on at all times.
- Important documents: Immunization records, final transcripts, major declaration… if you have the option to bring these things in during this time, do it.
- A small bookbag: You’re going to get tons of handouts and gear. It’s best if you have something you can carry it all in because it’s going to be a long day and you don’t want to have to carry that stuff around.
- Water bottle: It’s starting to get hot and you’re going to do a lot of walking/ talking
- Change of clothes/toiletries/PJs: I’m not sure if all orientations are like this, but mine was overnight.
- Blanket: If you like to bundle up at night, bring a blanket. Maybe even a pillow too.
- Charger: You should also bring a portable charger since you won’t have access to an outlet until the end of the day.
- Weekender/Duffle: These should be big enough to hold everything you need. Oh, and make sure you tag your luggage as there are going to be tons of other students there and you don’t want to risk having any luggage mishaps.
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Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re there:
- There will likely be ice breakers and if you’re anything like me you probably despise them. However, they are a good way for you to meet new people. Try your best to be a team player; you want to know at least one person when school starts. Hey, when school starts, you may not even talk to the people you met at orientation, but at least you can say you put in the effort.
- Take note of key locations such as the library, dining hall, and financial aid office. You’ll likely be getting a tour from the student ambassadors. If you do, try to get at the front of the group so you can pay close attention.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the ambassadors questions.
- Enjoy the moment!