Coming to campus this past June was a crazy yet wonderful time! I learned so much in just two short days. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your freshman orientation experience:
Getting prepared for orientation before you arrive will save you so much stress. Try to make it a habit to check your buckeyemail daily. All of the information you need will be sent to you via email, located in your buckeyelink, or here: http://orientation.osu.edu/ . I recommend scheduling your orientation as early as possible. On day two, you will get to schedule your classes for the autumn semester! If you wait to attend orientation in July, many of the classes you wish schedule may already be filled.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because you will meet TONS of people during orientation. You’ll play many “ice breaker” type games, so be on the lookout for people with similar interests as you. I promise it’s not difficult to make friends! Every first-year student is randomly assigned a group with one peer leader. Your peer leader acts as a mentor and can answer any questions you may have. My peer leader created a GroupMe for everyone in our group and many of us still keep in touch. That being said, go into orientation with loads of confidence and a positive attitude. You never know who you might meet!
My peer group posing outside the Union
Take a Deep Breath
I’m not going to lie to you, orientation can be a little overwhelming at times. A ton of information is thrown at you in a very short amount of time. You will attend several different lectures, so it might be useful to bring a pen and paper to jot down a few notes. I also recommend bringing a bag or backpack as you will be given folders of information to carry around. Another heads up: you will be separated from your parents! Don’t rely on them for everything, you are the adult now. While at orientation, you will learn all about your major and what classes to take. For me, scheduling my classes was the scariest part of my experience. I didn’t really know what I wanted to take and it really came down to which classes had room. If you can, try to think about what you want to take prior to attending orientation. Most importantly, take a deep breath. You’ve already made it past the hard part because you’ve been accepted to Ohio State!
Enjoy and Get Excited
Orientation is just one of your first steps to becoming a Buckeye. It only goes up from here! Make the most of your orientation experience, so you’re prepared for everything that lies ahead. I had an amazing time at orientation because I finally felt like I had moved on from high school. I got a glimpse of what the next chapter of my life was going to look like. If you have extra time at the end of orientation, go out and explore the city of Columbus! Although it’s important to know your way around campus, it doesn’t hurt to take a little adventure.
Myself and friends I made
Good luck and Go Bucks!