Tips for Freshmen Orientation

How to Handle An Often Overwhelming Process

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You've waiting seemingly forever to start school. Now that it's here, however, things seem to be moving at the speed of light. Following these five tips for freshmen orientation should make the process more manageable and productive.

  1. Remember that no one knows anyone else. If you're feeling shy, not sure how to introduce yourself to people, or completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of students on campus, keep in mind that everyone is new. Meeting people is easier than you might think.
  1. Make sure to do your logistics-based tasks when assigned. Getting your student ID card, creating a school email and username, and registering for classes are the building blocks for the rest of your college experience. Get them settled as soon as possible.
  2. Don't miss your placement exams. Thought waking up for that 8:00 a.m. Spanish placement exam was a pain? Try finding a time to make it up.
  3. Go to as many things as possible. This may seem to defy the laws of physics. Consider this, however: would you rather learn how to use the campus library while relaxed and meeting new people, or later in the semester when you're really stressed, tired, and backed up against a deadline for your project?
  4. As for help when -- not if -- you need it. Everyone on campus, from staff, students, and faculty, knows that orientation is a time for learning new things and getting oriented. If you're not sure about something, ask someone.