5 Ways to Make the Most Out of College Orientation
Last updated May 25, 2021
Are you in the process of registering for orientation but aren’t sure what its purpose is or why it’s so important to participate? Besides giving you essential information about classes and getting around campus, orientation is a time to connect with other students, learn more about student life (clubs, groups, and events), and make new friends! We have 5 things to help you get the most out of your college orientation!
1. Register early
If you’re attending a bigger college, you might be able to choose your orientation date rather than having one assigned to you. If you’re able, we recommend registering for an earlier orientation date to learn essential information sooner and help you feel more relaxed and prepared for your upcoming college journey!
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
No one goes into college having all the answers. That’s where your orientation leaders can help! They have all the essential information you need to know- from student life to getting around campus. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- Where are the best study spots on campus?
- Where should I buy textbooks?
- What’s covered in my meal plan?
- Who can I talk to if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed?
- Can I add or drop classes after I’ve registered?
It might feel uncomfortable to speak up and ask a question, but it could save some time and hassle down the road. If you don’t ask, you don’t know!
3. Take advantage of social events
Don’t skip any social events if they’re offered during orientation! The purpose of these events is to help you meet people and learn more about student life at your college.
Attending online orientation? Try to find Facebook groups created by current students or create a group with other new students where you all can share information, ask questions, and even make some new friends!
4. Explore campus and the surrounding community
Have some down time between events at orientation? This is a great time to explore the neighborhood around campus! Grab a new friend and find the best coffee shops, places to eat, and grocery stores in the neighborhood. This can save you a headache down the road.
If your orientation is online, check to see if your college’s website or YouTube channel has virtual tours. This can help you get a better feel for the layout of the campus and be prepared to find everything you’ll need.
5. Don’t forget to be yourself!
It’s been a weird year for everyone and it’s okay to feel anxious about meeting new people for the first time in a while. But you’re not alone - remember that everyone else is most likely just as nervous! Make sure you take some time for yourself during orientation, whether it’s an hour to yourself to read, listen to music, or journal or logging off your computer for a bit to recharge. Listen to your mind and body and do what’s best for you.
Want to prepare more for orientation? Text “#College” to 33-55-77 for personalized help from the Get Schooled virtual advisors.