Freshman orientation is right around the corner for members of the Class of 2020. For some it is simply a jam-packed weekend full of ice breakers, tours and way too much information to digest. For me, it was a WHOLE WEEK and to be quite honest, I really didn’t like it. I do feel quite bad for saying that because so many people went to great lengths to make it a really fun and exciting week. Looking back, I recognize now why I had such a negative experience and I want to share tips here that will help incoming freshman survive their orientation and enjoy it more than I did!
- Don’t be afraid to miss some of the events. I had some serious FOMO going on during orientation. I felt like if I skipped even some of the events that I wouldn’t have the chance to meet new friends or I would miss out on some vital college information. I was so tired from going to everything which made me cranky and then I didn’t enjoy the events I actually wanted to be at! Remember to take care of yourself, skip the scavenger hunt and unpack your dorm room instead.
- That being said, push yourself outside of your comfort zone! Go up to that group of people and introduce yourself, get to know the people on your floor and reach out to your RA. If you hide in your room the whole time, you won’t see what opportunities are out there.
- Find a buddy but don’t be afraid to let go. If you find a buddy at the beginning of the week (I suggest your roommate but I am biased because I lucked out in the roommate category) then you will have an ‘automatic friend’ and all the events. However, it is also good to branch out so make sure you are allowing them and yourself to meet new people.
- Talk to someone you normally wouldn’t and refrain from judgement. To be completely honest, I was so judgmental during orientation week. I really wish that I would have pushed all of that out so that I could keep an open mind when meeting people and experiencing orientation week.
- Call home. Sometimes hearing your family or friend’s voices can be really comforting. Tell them all about your experiences.
What are you most excited for during orientation? Do you have any funny orientation stories you would like to share? Comment them below!