Orientation Suggestions for a Better Life

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Hey guys! It's Charlie, and I'm here to tell you that our final orientation is just around the corner...tomorrow, in fact. I know that some of you have already been, but a few of you saw that this blog was for orientation and immediately looked like this:

                                                     You right now reading my blog

                                                     You right now reading my blog

For those of you looking for handy suggestions for orientation, have no fear. I have done some extensive research to write this blog (that is hopefully helpful and entertaining). 

1. The first tip that I have for you was given to me by an orientation leader. Funnily enough, this is the same tip that I posted last week for Incoming Freshmen: Bring shower shoes. Seriously, guys it could ruin your whole orientation if you go into community showers barefoot. During my Freshman year, I lost one of my shower shoes. So what did I do? I hopped down the hall and showered on one foot. So don't be like me. Stand firmly in two shoe-clad feet, and hum merrily as you shower in the morning (or night if that's your thing).

                                                   Seriously, protect your feet!

                                                   Seriously, protect your feet!

2. My second tip comes from personal experience: be ready to talk. While some business is taken care of at orientation, like registering for classes, one of the most important things you do is start building relationships with your peers. I know that meeting a whole new set of people can be intimidating, especially if you are introverted like our blogger Ashton. Nevertheless, she wrote about how introverts can manage orientation, and you'll definitely want to read that if you are introverted because you can meet some of the best people at orientation. For example, I met the guy who would eventually become my "big" in my club at orientation, and we're still great friends. You'll want to get to know both current students and those people who will make up your Freshman class. If you can't think of anything to talk to people about, you can always give Mary's blog about conversation starters a read. She has some great tips in there!

Some of your future classmates getting to know one another at the first orientation of the summer!                                                      Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

Some of your future classmates getting to know one another at the first orientation of the summer!                                                      Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

3.  This might be the most important tip I can give you today. Be yourself. Trust me, I know that meeting all of these new people can be intimidating, and you might be tempted to draw back into your shell, to hide some of your quirks and eccentricities. I know I was. As someone who has grown up all my life knowing the words to the Scottish folk-song "Donald Where's Your Trousers," I wasn't about to bust that out at orientation, but I totally could have if it came up. Now, I'm not telling you to flaunt every quirk you have, but be yourself. Don't pretend to be something you're not. Nolie wrote an entire blog about this, which is definitely worth a read. 

Just in case you were wondering, Donald isn't wearing Trousers because he wears a kilt just like our                             own Art Professor Steve Cook!  Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

Just in case you were wondering, Donald isn't wearing Trousers because he wears a kilt just like our                             own Art Professor Steve Cook!  Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

4. So this tip once again comes from personal experience. Come ready to dance, because I have been told by an orientation leader that there is an awesome dance on the Piazza, and you don't want to be unprepared! I don't really know how to dance. Seriously, this is me: 

          Not even joking

          Not even joking

So avoid the weird looks and brush up on your dance moves, so you can look like this:

                                              I can only dream... *sigh*

                                              I can only dream... *sigh*

Ok, so if I'm being honest, most everyone looks like the first example I gave. The most important thing is that you come ready to have fun while you get down!

5. Be prepared to meet some awesome Orientation Leaders!

                                      Your orientation leaders courtesy of Tara Wells

                                      Your orientation leaders courtesy of Tara Wells

These are all current MC students who give up several chunks of their summers for you! They are not paid a single dime. They're only there because they want you to enjoy MC as much as they do. So get to know them, and enjoy their company!

6. Orientation isn't all fun and games. You have two important tasks that you must carry out whether you will or no. Firstly, you have to take your picture for your student I.D. card. So don't make the mistake I did and leave your comb at home. My I.D. picture still shows an 18 year old with really messy hair. Secondly, and most importantly, you will be registering for your classes in the Fall. Now don't worry. There will be faculty there to help you create your schedule, but a little research before your advising meeting will go a long way. Nolie wrote a blog about how not to make your schedule, and Mary wrote a blog about knowing yourself and your limitations. They may help if you're looking for suggestions about how to make your schedule. 

                    Dr. Stark from the Biology department helps a student register for classes at orientation.                                                            Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

                    Dr. Stark from the Biology department helps a student register for classes at orientation.                                                            Photo courtesy of Mississippi College

So I'm not going to label this as an official tip, but have fun! My Freshman orientation was so phenomenal. I met a lot of people and got so pumped to be at MC. I hope that you have the same experience. 

~Charlie, the fun-loving, bad dancer

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