How to Pack for Your First Nights at IU: Orientation

As a sort of teaser for the fall, incoming freshman stay one night in a dorm on campus during their orientation program for school. The two-day experience is jam-packed with walking across the campus in 90 degree summer sun, information about extra-curriculars and campus-life, new faces from around the country and world, and important decisions about classes. In order to survive orientation with as little stress as possible, make sure to pack the right clothes.

1. Weather Appropriateness

Yes, it's a short 48-hour period to prepare for, which could translate to just a fresh t-shirt for some people, but it's Indiana and that means at least 101 climate changes will happen while you're walking around outside. Check the forecast then pack for what the weatherman says and also the total opposite.  

2. Picture Perfect

You'll be getting your picture taken for your IU student ID on the second day of orientation after you register for classes. You'll be tired, sweaty, worried about the five 8 a.m. classes you just registered for, and then they'll stick a camera in your face so you can remember the moment for four years. Wear something simple with color and leave the high school shirts out of it. Remember you'll have the ID picture haunting you when you're at least 21.

3. Shower Ready

Be ready to walk to and from the shower in the dorms. Flip-flips and post-shower easy-on clothes make the commute down the hall less awkward and cumbersome.

4. Comfort and Confidence

Don't try to be the most fashionable person at orientation. Bring something that looks nice, you might be meeting your first group of good friends and don't want to be the slob who couldn't muster enough effort to switch out of sweatpants. However, looking like you're trying to be on the cover of Campus Cutie is an equal turn-off. Be comfortable in what you have and your confidence will show through.

About The Author
Lauren McConnellClas of 2013 - English Major and Arts Management Certificate

I'm a student at Indiana University and am very involved on campus! I work as a copy-editor and reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and am an editor for Arbutus. I also have a press relations internship with IU Liberian Collections and am a committee chair for Independent Council, an organization for women interested in philanthropy in a social atmosphere. With all these experiences, I can't imagine spending my college years anywhere but Indiana!