Freshman Orientation at IU

I know for incoming freshman orientation can seem a BIT overwhelming. You're still not used to the big campus, you don't know any of the other students around you, and digesting all of the new information being thrown at you is nearly impossible. Trust me, I've been there. But if you approach it with the right mind set, I think orientation can be extremely benefecial and even, (wait for it), FUN! Here are a few tips I have based on my orientation experience from last year:

  • Don't be afraid to talk to and meet new people.

I know you probably hear this all the time, but it's the truth! Orientation is a great place to practice this, because once you start college you're going to be meeting new people left and right. Come fall, you might even recognize people from orienation and it might make your transition into college THAT much easier. One of the girls I met at orientation ending up living down the hall from me in my dorm, which was extremely comforting when I was stressed during the whole move in process.

  • Start thinking about ways you'd like to get involved at IU.

It's NEVER too early to start thinking about this. Even if it's just something as little as looking into what clubs IU has to offer, it's great to get a head start on this. Or it can even be something as little as buying some tickets to the shows at the IU Auditorium! I know that I purchased all of my theater tickets during orientation, and it gave me something to look forward to and made coming to IU seem that much more exciting. IU is such a huge campus with TONS of ways to get involved, so keep an open mind and start finding out where you want to fit in!

  • Relax and remember everyone else is in the same boat as you.

You're not in this alone. Every single other fresman is feeling the same things as you. Excitement, nervousness, shyness, confusion...the list goes on and on. So once you start feeling overwhelmed, just look to your left or your right, and remember that every other freshman is feeling those things too and you guys are going to get through this together.

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