My little brother ( who is looking like a giraffe) and I just got back from my orientation, so I’m a little fresh about this. I keep him company to make sure he stayed motivated. So now going to college for an orientation program was a huge thing for both of us.. If you’re debating whether or not to attend it, you definitely should as it’s a great source of any information that you need.
Every school’s freshman orientation program is different, but here are some things to expect:
The first chance you get to do this, do it. Each school handles signing up for classes differently. Some schools let you sign up at freshman orientation, others give you a day and any point after that is fair game. As soon as you can, enroll. At my orientation, it was first-come first-serve based on when you had your orientation. I was unfortunate enough to get a later orientation date, which meant that I had last pick of classes. I got in line as fast as I could to try to get what I could, and some I got while there were only two openings left. Most of my first choices were already full. I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer.
Unless you’re going to a school where you already know a ton of people, you’re going to be starting fresh next year. At freshman orientation, get used to extending yourself and introducing yourself. If you’re normally a pretty shy person, now is as good of a time as any to start becoming outgoing. Strike up a conversation about anything — ask where someone is from, ask what their major is, where they might be living next year, talk about the orientation program, etc. If you’re single, maybe even flirt around a bit. Most people are in the same boat as you and don’t know anyone there. Even if you’re not starting a deep friendship, it’s good to at least meet some people and get used to that. If you’re going to a large school, chances are you’ll never see the people again, but that doesn’t make it a waste of time. Try to ready yourself for the change.
If you haven’t seen much of the town already, try taking a drive around it. You’ll obviously find out way more about it when you’re there next year, but you might as well try to get a bit oriented while you can. Get an idea where things are and try to find some interesting spots in town to check out later on.
Lastly, if you’re unsure about your major, where you’ll live, the general ed requirements of the school, transportation, or just anything, now’s the time to ask. If the college orientation is put on by students, consider asking them because their advice is more firsthand than the staff’s will be. This is a great time to get questions out of the way. Write them down if you think you’ll forget.
To be honest, I found orientation a little dull. There was some good information that they gave, but most of it I had heard before. To me, the best part was meeting new people, but each person will have their own experience. I would definitely recommend going to your freshman orientation if possible, though. You never know what your school will do.