Orientation is time for prospective students to get a feel for their chosen University and decide if it is the right place for them by introducing them to the College lifestyle.
Even though it has been quite a few years since my initial UW Orientation, I can still clearly remember how it solidified my choosing the University of Wyoming as my school. While it can get slow and, to be brutally honest, boring at times, Orientation is immensely important for learning about the the ins and outs of things like financial aid, student support services, and many other facets of the University. Frankly, I would have been completely lost without it.
With that being said, here are 4 ways you can make the most of your University of Wyoming Orientation.
1. Engage with fellow students
- If you're going to be spending four (or more) years on this campus you might want to find some friends to pal around with during your time here. Orientation is a great place to do this because you will have many opportunities to be around fellow classmates who will be in the same major as you and likely have the same, or similar, interests.During your two day Orientation, there will be plenty of time set aside for student-to-student interactions so be sure to take advantage of them! Freshman will even be able to spend a nght in the dorms with an assigned roommate and get a taste of campus living.
2. Ask Questions
- Just as your High School teachers used to say, "If you have a question someone else has it too" and this idea proves true in this context just as any other. Use your time at your Orientation to clear up any confusion you might have about the application process, such as due dates or required information, living in the dorms, financial aid, or anything else you need guidance on.
3. Utilize the time with your Advisor
- Your advisor will be your academic guide during your time as an undergrad, so get familiar with them as they will be a very valuable resource for your as you proceed towards your degree. Your scheduled advising time gives you the opportunity to get some direction when picking out your semester courses and reassure yourself that you are taking to correct steps forward to your desired career.
4. Pay Attention!
- As previously stated, Orinetation is meant to introduce you to what UW is all about and help you make the transistion to College life. There will be a lot of important information thrown at you, so be attentive and do your best to remember the key parts of the speeches. Feel free to take notes as well so you can refer back to them for reference. And no, I'm not saying to take lecture notes, but writing down room numbers and locations is never a bad idea.
If you still have not signed up for an orientation time slot, you still have time to do so!
There are scheduled time slots throughout the month of June so be sure to snag one before it is too late! Additionally, you can find the full Orientation schedule at the above links as well.
To all incoming students out there, good luck and welcome to the University of Wyoming!