Orientation Abroad: A Flashback to Freshman Year

I arrived in Copenhagen 72 hours ago and if there's anyway to describe how it feels, it's like being a freshman all over again. No one knows each other or how to get anywhere and I'm back in a tiny old dorm-style room with a random roommate.

I could not be happier.

As orientation approaches for incoming Hoosiers, fear and anxiety might also set it. That's OK, but indulge in being a newbie! It's your first year here and it's OK to ask for directions everywhere and just wander around looking for the place to be. Remember everyone else in your class is clueless, too. It's easy to make friends when everyone's just trying to figure out where to get lunch and how to work the laundry machines. Grab your new roommate and some floor mates and walk around Kirkwood maybe looking a little lost. Take an hour and get lost in the Union and meander through the Arboretum to Ballantine. 

Introducing yourself to everyone and not being afraid to ask for help are some of the best perks of being a freshman, so don't waste the chance!

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!