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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tips for Orientation

Are you nervous to go to orientation? I know I was. I didn't know anyone that would be going, and I didn't know what to expect. I know it can be scary, but it was one of the best experiences and it can really help you make a lot of friends! Here are some overall tips for orientation.

1. Get there early. For most orientations, it's when you take your ID picture and finalize your schedule so try to get there earlier than they tell you to get that out of the way. Once the orientation starts, there will be a schedule and it might be hard to try to get your card when you have other stuff planned.

2. Bring clothes for walking and doing outdoorsy activities. That means shoes too :) You can watch my video for more info on this, I don't want to be repetitive.

3. Keep an open mind. You're going to meet a lot of different people and do different activities and most of them will be fun and most people will be nice. However, there's always a chance you could come across someone/something that's not exactly your cup of tea, but try to enjoy it/them anyway. Be nice to everyone and just participate in the activities. Once school starts and you see those people and the kids in your group you don't want them to remember you as the grouch who was mean/didn't wanna play the games or sports.

4. Add the people you meet on Facebook. Or exchange numbers or something. Again, once school starts, you can hang out with them if you don't know many people. I became really good friends with a few of the kids in my orientation group and we talk all the time about hanging out in the fall. You never know, your best friend could be sitting right next to you in one of those lecture halls ;)

I hope this helped some of you, feel free to comment and share some of your orientation stories below and give some tips!

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