Congratulations! You are are headed to freshman orientation, which means you have been accepted to a university and are in for four years of learning, growing, and attempting to figure life out. You’ve heard it said, your years in college are some of the best years of your life, so cherish them! Amidst the socials, parties and fun nights out, there will be challenges, struggles, hurts, and failures. No matter what, pick yourself back up and keep trying. In the words of Madame Leota, resident haunt at The Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World, “You try, you fail, you try, you fail, but the real failure is when you stop trying”. Make the most of your opportunities you have to do new things and meet new people because you never know where your experiences and connections may land you. In light of your new adventure, here are a few questions to ask while you are at your summer orientation to help you make the most of your college years.
1. Ask a current student about their professors
Do their professors truly want to interact with the students in their classes? Do they stay a few minutes after class is over to answer questions? Do they have reasonable office hours? Will they hear you out if you are having an issue outside of class? Asking questions about professors at your university will help you to understand the level of interaction most professors hold with their students and enable you to be proactive when you get to class in the fall by introducing yourself. (ALWAYS introduce yourself to your professor in person. You will make an immediate impression and it will help them to see you as more than a number. It always helps when they already know you before you need to explain why you didn’t pass a test and ask for extra credit.
2. Ask a current student about their favorite extracurricular activities
Is it easy to join an intramural team? Do most sororities and fraternities have a good reputation around campus and in the community? Is there a gym on campus? Where can you find information on school-sponsored clubs? What kind of events are held on campus by the SGA or Student Activities? BINGO? Speed dating? Movie nights? Most, if not all, of these are free and a great way to meet new friends, too!
3. Ask a current student about hall life
Some universities have a more active hall life than others. Private schools that don’t have greek life usually are more invested in hall life with a partner dorm, which automatically doubles the potential friends you meet as soon as you get to campus. Halls plan events together and attend campus-wide events together as well. Tailgating before a game is an easy way to be included and socialize with lots of people at once.
The answers to these questions will give you lots to think about before you actually get to school in the fall and will help you to have an easier transition into this next exciting phase of your life. Enjoy this college freshman meme and remember that it never hurts to talk to others who have already done what you are about to do.