It’s hard not to get overwhelmed the first time you step onto campus. Luckily, you can reduce the stress you feel by doing a little bit of preparation beforehand.
These are some things you should do before Orientation comes along:
Do your research beforehand.
Your first time on campus as an official student can be quite overwhelming if you don’t have a general idea of where you want to go. This is especially true during orientation week when all the clubs and societies are attempting to recruit first-year students. Do a bit of research on the school beforehand, have some idea on which clubs and societies you’re interested in, and you’ll at least feel like you have some direction.
In terms of which clubs and societies to join, take note of their descriptions of themselves and see if they align with either your values or possibly the degree you’re undertaking, e.g. if you’re studying business, perhaps there might be a business society you’ll want to join.
Make an outline of the week.
When researching events that are happening on campus, take note of those that you want to attend and mark them down on a calendar. This way, you can plan everything else around these events accordingly and have an idea of which days you need to go to school to attend these events.
Have your necessary identification documents ready.
If it’s possible to get your student id card before orientation week, then it’s a good idea to do so to avoid the inevitably long waiting lines. If not, try to arrive at school early and hopefully the lines won’t be too bad. A few events as well as joining clubs and societies require your student id card to confirm that you are indeed, a student at the school.
Use your planner to organise your week ahead.
If you have yet to purchase a planner for school, there are so many options available to suit your needs. Planners are essential to staying organised at school, and what better way to be organised, having a planner ready before school starts! Write down all the events and activities that you want to participate in (if you prefer the digital method, that’s good too), and you’ll go onto campus with a much clearer head.