The second orientation session came and went from Monday to today, and I’m exhausted. The good news is, I’m exhausted by the amount of FUN I had! Let me give you a rundown of why it was so great:
- This time, I stayed in South Hedges, on the sixth floor. It was much better to be in the building with all the other leaders, and I had three other leaders and their groups on my floor. It definitely made it a much more social experience.
- I was totally (kind of) prepared for my meetings. Besides a small mishap with a clock, I feel like I was able to impart upon my group all of the information they need to know, at least for registering. I hope I’m even more prepared next time
- My group may not have been so great….. just kidding, I know they’re reading this since I’m sort of making them, and they were kind of AWESOME. No, not kind of. They were pretty fantastic. Now, I don’t know if I should attribute this to the awesomeness of their leader or not, but I was really fortunate to have a group who knew how to listen and learn, but have a good time and kick it. It made the entire experience better for all of us that everyone wanted to be there and interact with each other. THANKS GROUP
- Registration went really smooth, with not only my group but almost all of the students getting the classes and schedules they wanted. When they couldn’t make it work, us leaders stepped in to work magic, so it wasn’t a problem.
Spending time with such a great group of students got me thinking. It seemed to me like they all bonded and got along pretty quickly, and I think that’s for a few reasons. First, they all wanted to be there, or at least understood why they needed to be there. It ‘s important to go into orientation with that kind of attitude, or you’re setting yourself up to have a bad time. Second, they were all willing and wanting to make friends. I know a lot of students come to MSU with friends already, but you have to remember that there are so many people that you haven’t met and may really connect with, and it’s never a bad thing to have too many friends. Spend a little extra time talking to someone, or inviting them to sit with you at dinner, or hang out with you and your friends. It’s important, and can mean the world to someone!! Lastly, they just had super great personalities. I can’t really tell you how to do that… but you should figure it out.
Thanks to my last group, I hopefully will be even better for my next one. Honestly, my biggest goal for orientation, besides getting you registered, is to make sure you feel connected to at least one person there. It’s a lot less scary coming to college when there are friendly faces on campus, and the hope is that your group can be that for you. I can’t wait to see if my group spends time together when they get here (you guys better). Are you heading to orientation? Have you thought about how you’re going to make friends? Are you concerned or nervous about anything?