How to benefit from freshman orientation at your college
College orientation is more than just an introduction to your Institution. These sessions can last from two days to a week. They give new students an overview of what to expect as a new college student.
For international students, this might be the first time you actually visit your school, so do a bit of research on the area where your school is located beforehand. This is an exciting opportunity to get a taste for what your life will be like in the next few years.
Orientation includes tours of the campus and residence halls, discussions on academic and student life, group sessions on topics such as financial aid, informational sessions with representatives from all campus organizations, pre-course exams for math, English and foreign languages, and most importantly, you need to register for classes at the orientation with help from a counselor or staff advisor.
For all students, it is the chance to meet new classmates and roommates. It is also a golden opportunity to scout for residence life extras, nearby coffeehouses, restaurants etc.
At orientation, there will be a lot of information about different clubs you can be a part of. So it is a great opportunity to figure out what you will be getting involved in.
Remember that everyone there is as new to the college as you are and probably are just as nervous about meeting people. Everyone wants to make friends, so interact with others as much as you can. Try starting a conversation with someone you have never met.
It can be overwhelming, especially if language barrier is there, but take a deep breath, show off your best smile and say hi to others who are also looking a little lost. They will appreciate it. Also every international students should be knowing a little bit of English at least.
At many universities orientation is mandatory, but even if it is not you should definitely go. You will get to interact with your fellow classmates and spend some time being on campus. As an international student it is important you find your way around and interact with students and officials.
At Czech College we take utmost care helping our international students settle in well with the new country and surroundings .