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Written by Caleb Ewing October 5, 2017
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Surviving Orientation (and maybe, possibly, liking it?) TIP #1
Fresh out of school one afternoon in mid-March, you’ll saunter your way into your house, barely mumble “good” when your mom asks how your day was, and let your backpack slide off your shoulder, down your arm, and plop down on the floor as you slowly fall onto the couch in a heap. As always, you expect your mom will walk in and try to get more out of you about your day, but this time it’s different.
This time she calls you over.
“Look what came in the mail,” she says with a smirk.
You take the envelope from her and read the top. It reads:
“IMPORTANT TIME SENSITIVE ORIENTATION INFORMATION ENCLOSED”
Now, I know not everyone got their orientation notification that way, but no matter how you received it, it was a big deal. You’d either been waiting for this moment or been dreading it. For me, it happened to be the latter.
Before I go any further, let me just say that I am still alive and after going through orientation. I feel so much more comfortable and prepared for college and all that it entails. Here are a few tips to help you not only survive orientation, but to thrive and be excited about your first year!
After weaving through the parking lot maze to get your schedule and make your way to the infamous Morrill Tower, you drop your stuff of in your room and head to Mershon Auditorium where, it happens. You get separated from your parents. And then you get put in a group of random people you’ve never met before. It can be incredibly intimidating. But despite all these new faces, there is someone in your group who knows what you’re going through: Your peer leader! Which leads us to our first tip—
Tip #1: Get to know your peer leader
Having been in your position just one year earlier, your peer leader is the most readily available resource for you at orientation for any questions, concerns or advice. And the best part about peer leaders is they don’t go away after you pack up and leave Columbus after orientation. They will stay with you throughout your first year, feeding you information about student organizations, events and important First Year Experience information.
So, when it’s 9 p.m. and you totally forgot about that paper you need to write and you don’t know how long the libraries are open, you can ask your PL! Or when you have so much free time you can’t stand it anymore and you need to find a good club to join, ask your PL! Even if you just want someone to talk to about your first few days or week of college, ask your PL! They love to help and encourage you to get the most out of your experience at Ohio State, that’s why they chose this job.
To learn more about orientation, Peer Leaders, or the First Year Experience team, visit fye.osu.edu. For more information for future OSU students, visit osu.edu/futurestudents.
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