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What is an orientation process like?


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Melissa’s Answer

My orientation experience was a bit overwhelming, to be honest. It was a 2-day (1 night in dorms) stay. They packed a lot of information into 2 days, and left a lot to be explored on your own. As an incoming freshmen coming from a small high school (less than 1000 students) I was overwhelmed by the scale of everything: huge buildings and lecture halls, the list of courses available, all the people, etc.

We were put in groups assigned to a leader. During orientation, we learned the campus layout (library was a large focus), played ice-breakers to get to know other freshmen, had some fun outdoor activities, and learned about different classes and majors.

They briefly taught us about the courses available to us and sent us to class rooms to show us how to enroll in specific courses with teachers/counselors available—but it was oriented toward self-service e.g. you figure it out, we're here for questions. The earlier our orientation, the more classes were available. There were several orientation opportunities depending on availability. There was a job fair during some free time (I think during lunch if I recall correctly) and we could go to the bookstore to buy books/gear/etc.

We didn't spend as much or any time on: extracurriculars (clubs, groups), sporting events, or local interests unless our leader was interested in those and could speak to them.

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Darin’s Answer

My orientation for college included getting to know the campus and the amenities they offer, going over the classes and majors they offer for study, getting familiar with the school website and the student website and how to register for classes

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Hamad’s Answer

The orientation process can very from school to school. My school had a very thorough orientation process. We were introduced to the college in general, got a tour, got to speak with current students and professors, got a better understanding of my schedule, and more.

I think that the most unique and helpful experience I had was the ability to actually live there for a day. This allowed me to get a general sense of what life was like at my college.

Again it can depend on your college and situation. For example, I am a commuter so I didn't tour the dorms and experience some of the other activities that were catered towards people who were living on-campus.


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Hamad

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Pooja’s Answer

From my college experience, orientation was the perfect "segue" into college. I was split up and put into a group with people from different majors and backgrounds. The entire week comprised of information sessions, gatherings specific to my major, safety sessions, tours of campus, trying out the food at each dining hall, countless outdoor group activities, organization fair, welcome speeches and so much more.

I was anxious about starting a new life at college, but orientation week definitely relieved me of all my stress and helped me get familiar to the college campus before my classes. :)

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Blake’s Answer

My orientation process was a lot of information. We stayed in the dorms overnight and then toured through several areas of the campus as well as get an idea of the fields offered.

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