College Checklist: Orientation
Going to college, we are all susceptible to feeling invincible and like we know everything there is to know. As a matter of fact, that’s one experience I went through less than a month ago. However, one thing I’ve realized in the last couple of days is just how important the college orientation programs are. What makes these orientations so great is the platform they set up for people from all over the world to meet each other and get to know about people with dreams that are radically different from their own. It is the one event where you can make the best of friends, who will go a long way in your journey of transition into adulthood. Furthermore, they do the necessary job of briefing all new, national or international, students to understand the policies of the university about stuff like academic dishonesty, academic recognition, university residence norms and all the other essential things. There are workshops about study resources, international student resources, print stations, accessible libraries and what not. Like that isn’t reason enough, they also help you meet people who can introduce you as a freshman to the university traditions, game day chants and the life-simplifying hacks (from food discounts to cheat ways of commuting on and off campus) you definitely don’t want to miss out on. And if you ask me, there isn’t a better time to just pick up a map and familiarize yourself with the university geographically. So whatever you do, between shopping apparel for college, doing up your room and stacking up on food supplies, don’t forget to go to any orientation event that, if you think about it, the university has gone to great lengths to organize for you, and to help you get off to a flying start in your college career.