For Incoming Freshmen: Orientation

Coming to IU for orientation is a scary time. Although it has been a while since my June 2009 summer orientation at Indiana University, I remember it vividly. Although it is scary to stay in the dorms for the first time, here are a few tips for you incoming freshman this summer that will help you through all aspects of the orientation.

1. Check out the classes.

When IU sends you that booklet on the classes they offer make sure you look at it. Circle classes that sound interesting in case you have free time. They don't give you much time to pick your classes so you have to be prepared. Also, depending on what you want to major in, there is not a lot of free time to take these classes so pick the top five.

You can browse through them here.

2. Look at location when scheduling classes.

Scheduling classes in the library by yourself is very scary. Make sure to either look at a map when scheduling classes 15min apart, or ask someone helping if it is possible to get from Swain Hall to McNutt in 15 min... That hike could make for a rough freshman year.

3. Speak up.

During orientation it is very intimidating to try and talk to random people. Don't be intimidated! The other people are incoming freshman just like you and they are in the same boat. Who knows, you may make a really good friend that you can hang out with during the first week of school, or even keep throughout college.

4. Stay in the dorms.

Although it doesn't sound like fun, and your parents may be staying in a hotel nearby where you can go, it is a good idea to try out a first night in the dorms. You will make some new friends, and get a feel for the Indiana University student life that you are about to begin. Also, the roommates are not assigned so if you make a friend before you check in, don't be afraid to ask them to room with you for the night!

5. Sightsee.

We have one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen and it makes me very proud to be a Hoosier. Make sure to take a walk around campus and show your family if they are with you. Also pick up some IU T-shirts because you will need them for this upcoming basketball season!

I am excited to see all of you incoming freshman in the fall and I hope this helps you start off your college experience on the right foot. Have a great orientation. Go Hoosiers!

About The Author
Katie MerkhoferAssistant Brand Manager

2016 update: I'm back!!

Why am I here? I stumbled across my old blog and thought - maybe there are others out there looking for some unfiltered professional advice. I am here to help! I will give you updates on life in the working world and how to handle life's challenges in the professional world. 

***Wow time really changes things doesn't it? I kept my former bio before as a reminder to always channel my inner student.

Former Bio from 2012:

My name is Katie Merkhofer and I am a senior at Indiana University Bloomington. I am currently perusing a major in marketing and a minor in German. I'm just your ordinary 21 year old from Cary, Illinois.

Although I spend most of my time in class, or doing class work, I am also the vice president of corporate relations and career development in the American Marketing Association Indiana University Chapter (IU AMA), in the marketing committee for the Kelley Retail Association (KRA), and I tutor for a finance course (Bus-F370).

One of my biggest passions is running. I have completed 6 half marathons! My favorite race was the Rock n' Roll half marathon in Las Vegas on my 21st birthday!

I can't wait to share my experiences at IU with you!

***Updates: I am now 25 and working in Brand Management living in Columbus,OH. I graduated in May 2013 with degrees in Marketing and International Business. I now spend most of my time at work, running or with my dog. I have now completed 12 half marathons and 2 full marathons!