The thing about orientation is that it probably seems scary, especially when you see the days ticking closer on your phone's countdown app. When you think about it, though, it’s something every incoming Hoosier has to do. If the whole student body of Indiana University has done it, you can too!
Here are some tips and things to think about during your stay in lovely B-town!
My only hope going into orientation was that I would leave even more excited for school than I came. Any expectations I had built up for orientation were discarded on the car ride there as I reminded myself to keep an open mind about everything and take whatever was thrown at me and just run with it. Going in with that mindset made the difference between a great orientation experience and a subpar one, and, in the end, I met lots of cool people and left with 2 days in Bloomington now under my belt.
If you come out of orientation not really “feeling the love” though, here’s something to think about: Your experience at orientation is in no way any indication of what your overall IU experience will be like. Orientation is 2 days with a small group of people focused on getting acquainted with IU. Now, you have 4 years to spend with a whole bunch of people focused on a huge range of things. Isn’t that awesome?! Remember, your orientation constitutes only a fraction of next year’s incoming students. If you don’t click with anyone as well as you would have liked to, don’t sweat it. Maybe your future college best friends had their orientation a week before or a month after yours! Just keep that in mind.
It's probably really nerve wracking showing up at orientation with no idea what classes you want to take, deciding on classes the morning of registration, then finding out once you begin registering that all of those classes are full. You can easily avoid this though! You'll receive an envelope in the mail (prior to orientation, of course) containing everything you need to know about orientation, including an “Academic Planning Worksheet.” USE IT. If you do this before orientation, your academic advisor will have a better grasp on what you’re interested in rather than having to pick your brain and brainstorm a set of classes for you to take.
Sidenote: I actually planned out my schedule before orientation! I looked at the teachers and times offered for every class I wanted to take and also made sure to watch the availability of each class to see if there would even be space left by the time my orientation began. Make sure you have backups, though- just to be safe in case a class fills up!
Go to http://registrar.indiana.edu/ to browse the selection of courses offered!
You can even go to http://ud.iub.edu/index.shtml to read the descriptions of all of those courses!
Nerdy But Necessary Tip: You might want to have a campus map on hand during registration to check if it's even possible to get from class A to class B on time! One of the classes I had intended to take was full by the time I began registering, so the map was really helpful when trying to figure out if my other options would even work time-wise!