5 Things To Expect During Freshman Orientation

Are you nervous about freshman orientation? Not quite sure what to expect?

Don’t worry! Having some anxiety about the transition from high school to college is totally normal.

That’s why colleges host orientation programs – to make the transition to college a whole heck of a lot easier.

During orientation, you’ll get introduced to other students, the campus, and the local community.

Below I’ll outline 5 things you can expect to take place during your freshman orientation.

1. Campus Tours

During your freshman orientation you will get the chance to tour your college’s campus. This is a great way to locate all the dorms, classrooms and dining halls. An orientation leader will likely be responsible for running the tour. He or she will escort you around and show you where all the hot spots are on campus.

Make sure you ask them a lot of questions! This is a great opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the campus and surrounding area.

2.  Academic Advisor Meeting

You will also meet with your academic advisor during your freshman orientation. Your academic advisor is responsible for helping you select your classes. He or she will sit down with you, discuss your course options and then help you with the class registration process.

Don’t be timid here. Your advisor’s job is to tell you exactly what classes you need to take in order to graduate with a degree in your chosen major. Just tell them which degree you’re trying to pursue, and they should help you build a plan to achieve just that.

Not sure what you want to major in? No problem. Your academic advisor can still recommend common general education courses to help get you started. However, if you are “undecided,” be sure to visit your academic advisor frequently to make sure you stay on track for graduation.

3. Ice Breakers & Other Activities

Not only do you get to meet your academic advisor during your freshman orientation, but you also get to meet other classmates. Your orientation leader will guide you through activities and games designed to “break the ice” with your future peers.

When I was going through my freshman orientation, I was definitely shy at first, but my orientation leader had us play the game “Two Truths and a Lie,” which helped eased the tension. In fact, I am still good friends with some of the people I met on freshman orientation day!

4. Involvement Fair

During your freshman orientation, club leaders will host an involvement fair. This event is designed to help you and your parents learn about all the clubs and organizations on campus. Getting involved on campus is so important. It’s a great way to network and meet other students.

There’s definitely something for everyone – sororities/fraternities, sports clubs, campus ministry, etc. So take this time to gather as much information as possible.

5. Q&A Panel for Parents and Students

Most colleges also host a Q&A session with current faculty, students, and orientation leaders. This is the best time for you and your parents to ask questions about dorm life, dining in the cafeteria, campus safety, lectures, etc.

Also, if you have a question or aren’t clear about something that you heard during the day, now is the time to get those questions answered. Take advantage of the experienced students and faculty who are sitting on the panel; they can provide you with the most thorough and accurate answers.

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Gina Nykaza

Gina Nykaza

Gina Nykaza is a junior at the University of Iowa pursuing a degree in journalism and entrepreneurship. At school, Gina can be found studying at the library and working for University of Iowa Television. Outside of school, she enjoys creative writing, playing basketball, snowboarding and going on spontaneous adventures with her friends and family.
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