Orientation Conversation Starters

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When you come to Orientation (and even when you officially move into your residence hall), you'll be asked the same three questions. 

What's your name?

What's your hometown?

What's your major?

You won't be able to count how many times you answer these questions, and, trust me, you will be sick of them. Shouldn't everyone know your name after the hundredth person asks? Maybe we should all just make it a better world and wear name tags with this information on there. Go and buy some name tags, and I'll wait for you to get back.

Thanks for joining us again. Now that you'll be able to bypass these questions, we can move on to some seriously awesome conversation starters. After my Freshman year, I served as an Orientation Leader, so I became a pro at holding a conversation. Here are some of my favorite tips for meeting new people! 

1. Talk about the last movie/funny video/gif you saw

What better way to bond than laughing over a cute dog being silly? How about sharing that hysterical video that showed up on your Facebook timeline? Which TV comedy is your favorite? Laughter helps break the ice and build strong, positive relationships. Laughing also helps your body relax, which will help you show more of who you are!

                                                                 Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

                                                                 Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

2. Use your hands

Each finger represents a question. 

Thumb: Something at which you are good

Pointer Finger: Somewhere you want to go

Middle Finger: Something you dislike

Ring Finger: Something special to you

Pinky Finger: Favorite color

                                                              Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College                  

                                                              Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College                  

3. Talk about the Five H's

Heritage: What makes your hometown unique? What's your family like?

Hopes: What are your short term and long term goals? What do you hope college will be like?

Heartaches: What do you worry about when coming to college? What do you dislike?

Heroes: Who do you admire and why?

Hobbies: What do you do for fun? Are you going to continue that at MC?

4. Bond over food

Grab some snacks and talk about places to eat in Clinton/Jackson. What are some good places in your hometown? Are you an excellent chef? Can you bake cookies from scratch? (Hint: Befriend someone who loves to cook and bake).

                                                              Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

                                                              Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

5. Chat about travel

How long did it take for you to get to MC? Where are you going this summer? Do you plan on studying abroad? What is your dream destination? The options with travel are endless because it can cover the past, present, and future. 

                                                             Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

                                                             Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

Trust me, orientation can be intimidating, but don't let it be! You now have an arsenal of great conversation starters to build friendships and make memories.

-Mary, lover of food discussions

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