The Lowdown on Orientation
Orientation is an exciting time to get you the information you need to feel prepared for the start of your freshman year! If you haven’t attended one yet you’ll definitely want to check it out before you start college this fall. Some schools, like Georgia State, require that freshmen attend orientation. Most universities host orientation sessions to allow students to get a feel for campus, but also to make sure any administrative housekeeping is taken care of before the school year starts. Georgia State University has already completed a few sessions this summer but there are plenty more available for incoming students to register for. We want all students to have an idea of what to expect, so here’s a breakdown of orientation.
Why is it important?
Orientation is designed to do exactly what the name says — to orient you. Whether it’s to campus, to your college town, to academics, or resources, orientation is created to be helpful for students. One major aspect of most orientations is registering for classes with your academic advisor. You won’t want to miss out so keep reading to learn more about what else orientation has to offer.
What will you be doing?
Orientation does a fantastic job at facilitating student interactions. You’ll be able to meet other new students and make connections that can foster life-long friendships. Coming to campus in the fall will be much easier if you already know some friendly faces! You’ll also become familiar with campus and most likely go on a tour. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to register for classes and get a student ID made. Keep in mind that it’s okay to be undeclared or change your schedule later. In addition, be on the lookout for any organizations or clubs you may want to get involved in or any resources that can help you once classes begin.
How Can You Prepare?
The best way to tackle orientation is to do your research. First, you will need to pick a date and register. It’s important to keep in mind what to bring regarding whether you’ll be staying overnight or any documentation the university requires. Also, this is the time to get any questions you have answered! Be proactive and make a list of any financial aid, enrollment, housing, etc. questions you have and have them ready once you get to campus. Georgia State’s Office of New Student Orientation has created a Student Checklist to keep you organized and ensure your experience is a memorable one.
Where Do Parents Fit In?
No…your mom can’t go in your place, but orientation programs are also designed with the parent perspective in mind. Parents and guests are strongly encouraged to attend and will gain valuable information about the university as well. Parents can expect to meet and mingle with other parents of future students and learn about ways they can assist their students during this transition. It is important to enjoy this time with your family before you head off to college and share in this new and exciting time with them! Georgia State offers more insight on parents and the orientation experience.
Getting acclimated to your college campus will be vital to your success as a student. Orientation can feel overwhelming and like information overload at times so remember to keep calm and come prepared!
Georgia State University has already conducted a few orientation sessions. If you have not registered view our step-by-step instructions. If you are registered and want to get more details check out our orientation website. We hope you are able to attend an orientation session and take advantage of the opportunities to learn, explore, and have fun!