Your college freshman orientation can have a great impact on your freshman year – if you let it. Use this important aspect of your college experience to your advantage by getting familiar with your new home and meeting important teachers, staff, and potential buddies.
Many young adults preparing to go to college only see their freshman orientation as a chance to meet their roommates and get a feel for what the other freshmen will be like. This is a fun part of it, but don’t let your fixation on your future social life distract you from the reason you are going to college: to learn. Touch base with your roommate if possible during your downtime (you may even be lucky enough to room with him or her during this short time), but don’t make your roommate or new friends a top priority. You have alot of important things to soak in.
Freshman orientation will give you the opportunity to meet up with one of the most important people you will deal with during your years in college: your advisor. Your college advisor will help you make your schedule so that you can (hopefully!) graduate on time. You will usually go to your advisor with questions regarding your credits, general requirements, school-based internships, and even scholarships. You advisor will do for you what your high school guidance counselor did for you when you were close to graduating; however, you should keep in close contact with your advisor from the very beginning of college and establish a strong relationship that will last until graduation.
If you feel that your assigned advisor is not keeping in touch with you or does not seem to know much about your major, now is the time to speak up! Your freshman orientation is a great time to request a new advisor so that you don’t have to deal with it during the first week of classes. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for a new advisor – often, schools randomly assign professors to advise students. Ask for a professor that teaches the subject of the major you are interested in. Also, get familiar with the teachers and faculty that seem welcoming and knowledgeable. Make conversation and introduce yourself. You will probably need their help – and wisdom – at some point.
If you are not staying on campus in the fall, know where the “hot spots” are: the cafeteria, the library, and the commuter lounge. When mid-terms approach, you will be on campus a lot. During orientation, look into getting a meal plan customized for commuters so you can have the option of eating on campus when you need to.
If you are a campus resident., make sure you know how the freshmen dorms are built and keep this in mind when you return home. Remember that if the rooms are tiny, you don’t want to pack too much.
Have fun getting to know the other students, but don’t take it too seriously; depending on how big your school is, you may hardly see these freshmen again. Most importantly, resist the urge to do anything scandalous – you don’t want to be labeled that freshman before classes even start.
Start packing early for college to avoid confusion.
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