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7 Tips for a Stress-Free Freshman Orientation

Nervous for orientation? Whether your orientation is coming up this summer or not until fall, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Be friendly! Even if you’re going to college with a ton of your friends from high school, stay open to meeting new people and making new friends.  College is the time to expand your social horizons.

Source: University of the Pacific

  1. Introduce yourself to everyone and exchange contact information.  True, it’s impossible for you to become best friends with everyone you meet during orientation and you’ll probably have at least 20 contacts in your phone who you don’t remember a year later, but you might become close with a few of them. Plus, having contact info makes it easy to stay in touch over the summer or organize a time to meet for lunch, coffee, or just hang out once school starts.  Even if you don’t end up close with anyone you meet during orientation, you’ll recognize a few more faces on campus when you start school.

  2. Go to the activities planned by the school.  It might be tempting to skip out on a few presentations or events but don’t.  You might miss out on valuable insights, like public safety information or registration tips, a fun event everyone will be talking about or even free t-shirts and other college swag.  Plus, many of these events will include snacks. Who can say no to free food?

The University of Pennsylvania hosts an annual toga party during orientation for their incoming freshmen.  Source: University of Pennsylvania.

  1. Have a plan.  Most schools will post their orientation schedules ahead of time; use this as a resource to make sure you don’t miss anything.  Decide what events you want to go to before hand and plan out your day so you don’t miss anything

  2. Take care of logistics.  Orientation is the perfect time to research and take care of logistical necessities, like taking placement tests, getting a student ID, and setting up your email and internet access.  It’s super important to get most of this done before school actually begins so you don’t have to do without these essentials for a few days while you figure everything out.

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  1. Do a little research. Often, orientation is when you get a chance to meet with an advisor and discuss your academic interests. If you have no idea what you want to major in, don’t stress – that’s true for most students entering their first year. But your advising meeting will be more beneficial if you have an idea of some classes or subjects you might be interested in. On the school’s website, try looking at the pages of different departments so that you have some starting points when it comes time to talk to your advisor.

  2. Ask questions.  If you’re confused about something, chances are other people are too.  Even more, the people at orientation are there to help you; they want you to ask questions.

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