Orientation Advice from an Orientation Leader
Everyone’s nervous and wants to make friends. I know it can seem scary to talk to new people, but trust me you won’t regret it. Also, make sure that you are participating in group discussions!
Orientation is sadly online this year and in order to make the most of it, make sure you are somewhere quiet where there are no distractions. If it is possible also have your video on! This will help you and everyone else feel more engaged.
3. Ask Questions!
If you are ever confused about something do not be afraid to ask about it! You will learn a lot of information in a short amount of time and it will seem very stressful at first. If something is said that is unclear or confusing just ask about it.
Since orientation is on Zoom, it is very easy to get distracted. Make sure you pay attention because you will learn a lot during orientation.
5. Get to know people in your group.
Your orientation group will be other students in your specific college. This means you will most likely take some classes together. I did not know anyone coming into DePaul, and orientation was the first time I met my peers. I loved everyone in my group and still talk to a lot of them today. Do not be afraid to ask people for their Snapchat or Instagram to stay in touch!
6. Do not be stressed when picking out your classes.
You will pick out your classes with a faculty member. Have an idea of what classes you want to take, and do not be afraid to ask an upperclassman for teacher or class recommendations.
7. Make sure you learn about DePaul’s resources.
DePaul has a lot of great resources like SI (supplemental instruction) and tutoring! In addition, DePaul also has a lot of great resources for first- generation students and students of color. Please look into and ask about these programs because they are amazing!
8. Have fun!
I know this is not an ideal situation but it can still be fun. The situation is what you make of it, and all of the orientation leaders and staff are working hard to make sure this is still a fun experience.
9. Get to know the campus and the city.
I know that an online campus tour is not ideal, but it will help you a lot! Know the layout of the campus and keep important numbers such as public safety on your phone. You will also learn about getting your UPass which gives you free public transportation in the city.
10. Reach out!
Stay in contact with people in your orientation groups, you will likely see these people in your classes. Also, stay in contact with your orientation leader! They are there to help you, so do not hesitate to reach out even if your orientation is over.