What to expect from orientation

Alexis Marchitte—Well, somehow almost 2 months of summer have passed since I left Brockport and now freshman orientation is upon us. There are certainly ways to maximize your experience and make the most out of your overnight orientation before you finally move in! I remember my orientation and the people I met like it was yesterday.  Here are my suggestions for making the most out of it.

  • Bring a fan
    • I remember staying in the dorms on that July night and it was incredibly hot.
  • Stay overnight
    • I noticed many of the students left after the first day. Staying the night in the dorms with strangers may seem daunting at first, but the late night is where you’ll meet some new friends.
  • Stay up late talking to people!
    • Many of the students stayed up late talking in the halls after we were done for the night, and many of the students went to bed. I was too shy to go out and hang out with everybody, but I wish I would have.
  • Meet as many new people as possible
    • You may not be the most outgoing or personable person, like myself, but the more people you meet, the more familiar faces you’ll see in the fall.
  • Listen!
    • Nobody wants to listen to informational BS during their summer vacation, but everything they tell you is meant to benefit you and help you make the most out of your freshman year. The college wants you to make friends, try extracurricular activities and do your best in classes. They WANT to help you!
  • If you have questions, set up appointments with the offices on campus
    • If you have questions about the meal plan, financial aid, picking your major, picking your classes, etc., there are offices for everything. Set up a meeting and get those answers!
  • Take pictures
    • They will lead you on a tour of the campus and the dorms. Take pictures of the dorms so when you’re buying all your back to school needs, you’ll know exactly what you need!
  • Keep an open mind
    • You are about to meet and experience people from all walks of life, many of which you may be not accustomed to, but you’ll be surprised who will end up being your friends.
  • Leave your comfort zone
    • Nothing extraordinary ever happens inside your comfort zone.
  • Try everything
    • There are things that you never thought you’d try, but college is for trying new things!
  • Strike up a conversation 
    • If somebody looks friendly to you, don’t be afraid to dive into a conversation. They could end up being your roommate in the fall.
  • Take advantage of the orientation leaders
    • They are students just like yourself except they’ve been here for a couple years. They can answer all your questions about any aspect of college life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the most embarrassing!
  • Be yourself
    • Be yourself, but also don’t be afraid of change, because many changes are about to come with freshman year!
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