Starting college when you are a fresher can cause much restlessness in the heart of student because of all the unknowns–”What should my major be? Will I make any good friends? How will I find all of my classes? Whom do I ask if I have a query about anything?” . Prior to the start of classes, students are given a summary of the entire knowledge of university life, from academics to social activities, through a period of days referred to as orientation. Typically, a staffer or team coordinates the orientation programs within the university and provides the leadership to bring the whole university together. Depending on the dimensions and mission of the institution, the format of orientation will vary from a one-day program to a week-long event. However, no matter the character of the program, three objectives should be present altogether orientation programs.
1. Introducing new students to college life
2. Accustom students to new surroundings
3. Providing liberty for the university to catch up with the newest members of the community. It is the job of the coordinator of orientation to design a curriculum that will bring these three goals together.
Introducing students to college life requires presenting full view as possible of college has to offer that is why academics and extra-curricular activity should be well presented. I am the undergrad of KCC Institute of Legal And Higher Education, Greater Noida of BJMC 2ND YEAR.
In the month of June I attended my Orientation program. You will get a snoop into my college experience, and what could be in store for the incoming college orientation in your life! Leading up to my orientation I was crazily googling and and searching my favorite college blogs for information. I wanted to know it all! What to await, what we would do, who I would meet, I couldn’t hold my self anymore! Obviously google couldn’t answer my all of these queries online – after all I wouldn’t know who would i to meet until I actually met them. I wouldn’t know what kind of room I was in until I was actually in the room. I wouldn’t know how my future classmates would react to me until I was actually surrounded by them. I had read everything about every instruction what I should bring and expect.
I was feeling as prepared as I could possibly be ever .I climbed into the car next morning on my way to my college, with my parents. When we arrived we parked our car and took left from the circle and walked towards the orientation building. I was amazed after seeing such huge campus, holding onto my mom’s arm because of nervousness or excitement I really don’t know, but that was the intense feeling I had and I would be good for the rest of orientation!
All of the student volunteers were excited, supportive but not overly nauseating, which I definitely appreciated. I am enthusiastic and can’t wait to support my school, don’t get me wrong! I had just been fully prepared for everyone to be obnoxious and they weren’t. They were happy, and eager to help – nothing over the top.While I was getting my folder of information, a woman came up to me and introduced herself. She explained that she was working on room assignments and had given me two. One in the rooms with everyone else, and one in a different building without a roommate that was closer to all of the events that would be happening.
I chose the second, because proximity to everything was more important to me than being with everyone else.The welcome session was surreal. Everything was fantastic, and we sat in the back on an aisle seat. I just gone it all in, and looked around seeing my future classmates and their families holding onto every last word. There were quite a few parent’s found at different locations throughout the audience shedding some tears. One of my favorite quotes from the weekend came from the college Chairman at the welcome session.
“ It may be nerdy, but let me tell you, if you are not nerdy, you would not be here”
The whole time I couldn’t help but think to myself “I made the right choice.” Towards the end of the session as the student orientation leaders were introducing themselves, a woman came over to me and told me that I could leave the room now and go to where my group is meeting so that I don’t have to worry about being caught in the flood of students leaving the room.
I got up and went with her, and was able to get a few minutes of quiet before the day really took off. As the students began to pour out of the room to find their groups, I sat out of the way and observed. A lot of faces lit up when they saw me, and a few students asked about my name.. She knew exactly who I was, in fact she knew about very student. We chatted until the groups began to leave the room , and I joined mine on their way out of the building.
After this we went to a presentation on the core curriculum at my college. Where we came to know about our syllabus and subjects! Unfortunately I couldn’t really hear much from the back of the room, but I already knew most of the information from my intensive stalking of the colleges’s website. We split up to attend an academic advising session of sorts. From here we had an hour in the dining hall to mingle with fellow classmates. There were snacks, but of course I couldn’t eat them so I don’t really have much to report on that front!
I belong to Bareli so I registered a seat in college hostel, I had never seen hostel like KCC HOSTEL. It was like hotel in term of facility, hygiene, meal, sports, security etc.
After completing the presentation teachers asked if we had any we had thought of. If you get an opportunity to ask questions don’t be afraid to say whatever is on your mind. Odds are that you aren’t the only one thinking about it!
After the orientation program completed my parents dropped me off at hostel and my mother was crying so I started crying but staff of hostel was very supportive and friendly. They made me feel like I at my second home and I waved my hand with a smile on my face and said bye to my parents, and they left.
Staff and some of our seniors who were the leaders of orientation program took us on a tour of college and hostel, I visited sports area, labs, classes, and each and every corner of college after all that was going to be my second home for some next year.
At the end of the orientation day i was so tired , I just wanted to feel my bed, Before I went to sleep, I took some photos of my room to share with you!
I was also surprised by seeing size of the closets and wardrobes. They were much larger than I expected! The beds were made and there were towels.
Next morning I had my alarm set for 6:45 am. I dragged myself out of bed, and got myself ready for the day. As I got all my stuff together, I noticed that it was pouring. Not raining, pouring. I went towards my class enjoying pouring of drops.
This was my college orientation experience!
What made me surprise the most was the people who went out of their easy to introduce themselves to me. These people I found myself with throughout orientation.
I hope that this eases the nerves of anyone going into orientation, or proves to be a helpful glance into what you may experience!
Do you know an incoming college freshman preparing for their college orientation? Maybe a high school student who just can’t wait to know all they can about college? Share this with them!