I know everyone always tells freshmen to get involved, but something that many first-year students don’t consider is getting involved BEFORE the start of the academic year.
Entering my first year at Ohio State, I had the pleasure of participating in the Buckeyes First and Ohio State Welcome Leader (OWL) programs during the week before official move-in for students. Although I was a bit apprehensive at first, looking back, I can state with certainty that signing up for these programs was easily one of my best decisions as a new Buckeye. Arriving on campus early gave me plenty of time to get settled in, find my way around and make new friends. Plus, there weren’t any classes or other commitments going on to stress me out — all I had to do was participate in the programs that I signed up for, and those were great opportunities to make new friends. Most of my friends from my first semester of college, in fact, came from these programs! Participation really is worth it.
So, how do you sign up? Which program should you choose? Glad you asked! A simple Google search of “Ohio State early arrival programs” will yield plenty of results. Not all students are eligible for all programs (for example, Buckeyes First is only open to first-generation college students) but there are enough options for everyone to find something they’re interested in. Also, be sure to keep an eye on your Buckeyemail account — many organizations (from your on-campus employer to your college) sponsor summer programs and will likely reach out to you during the summer months.
I truly can’t express how beneficial it is to participate in an early arrival program. If you are at all considering signing up for one, PLEASE do it! You’ll thank yourself later.
Buckeyes First 2017