Orientation usually includes tours of the campus and residence halls; panel discussions on academic and student life; small group sessions on topics such asfinancial aid and study abroad programs; an information fair with representatives from various campus organizations;
FOR MANY STUDENTS, IT’S A CHANCE TO MEET NEW CLASSMATES-TO-BE AND EVEN FIND A ROOMMATE. FOR PARENTS, IT’S ALSO A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO SCOUT OUT TEXTBOOK OPTIONS, RESIDENCE LIFE EXTRAS AND NEARBY COFFEEHOUSES, BAKERIES AND RESTAURANTS – INFORMATION THEY’LL NEED DOWN THE ROAD. AND EVEN IF YOUR CHILD IS GOING TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AND LIVING AT HOME, GOING TO ORIENTATION SENDS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO YOUR CHILD THAT HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION MATTERS TO YOU. Family Orientation UP UNTIL A DECADE AGO, MOST COLLEGE ORIENTATION SESSIONS WERE DIRECTED AT STUDENTS.
NOW IT’S A RARE SCHOOL THAT DOESN’T OFFER PARENT ORIENTATION AND 10% DO SIBLING PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES, WHO DON’T WANT TO LEAVE YOUNGER CHILDREN AT HOME. AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY AND UCLA, FOR EXAMPLE, YOUNGER SIBLINGS SPORT CAMPUS T-SHIRTS AND DO ARTS AND CRAFTS ACTIVITIES. MT. HOLYOKE DOES A “HOW TO APPLY TO COLLEGE” SESSION FOR TEEN SIBLINGS TOO.
Tip: If your child’s college does not have a specific sibling program, leave your YOUNGER KIDS HOME. THEY’LL FIND EIGHT HOURS OF LECTURES ON “ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN THE UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENT” TEDIOUS, TO SAY THE LEAST. AND IF THEY’RE DISTRACTED, YOU WILL BE TOO. Timing Some colleges hold multiple orientation sessions during the summer months. Others use it to launch move-in weekend and Welcome Week.
There are pros and cons to the timing. Pick an early date, and your child may have a better shot at getting the classes he needs. An earlier session also gives your child a chance to meet other freshmen, for example, and find a roommate before he’s assigned one. ON THE OTHER HAND, AN END OF SUMMER ORIENTATION MEANS JUST ONE TRIP TO COLLEGE, NOT TWO. YOUR CHILD WILL HAVE FIRST DIBS ON DORM ROOM BEDS. AND, BECAUSE IT MAKES THE DROPPING-OFF PROCESS MORE GRADUAL, SOME PARENTS FIND THE LEAVE-TAKING EASIER TO BEAR.
Exploration Time Don’t expect to spend a lot of time with your child at orientation. Beginning and ending sessions tend to be done together, but most of the activities and panel discussions are conducted separately.
If you’ve been given a jam-packed schedule and you’re trying to rendezvous with your kid, the “information fair” is a good time. These fairs typically consist of a bunch of tables set up in the quad with representatives from Greek life , study abroad, intramural sports , the campus radio station and various clubs. Run through, grab a few flyers and you’ve bought yourself an hour of free time to explore the bookstore and campus neighborhood, and find answers to all those other questions about college life. Orientation Week courses help new students gain friends, study skills
10 February 2000 New students need never face writer’s block, daunting assignments or di? cult research problems alone, thanks to a series of free workshops introduced at UQ. O$ered during Orientation Week (February 7-10) for the *rst time this year, the workshops will help students make new contacts and adjust to university life, learn writing strategies, gain internet research skills and prepare for assessment. Coordinator Eril McNamara said the workshops were developed following research which showed that access to orientation and transition activities played a vital role in student satisfaction and adjustment to university life.
The research, for the DETYA-funded Transition from Secondary to Tertiary: A Performance Study, also showed that good ? social transition’ (making friends and contacts) was important to new students’ success. “New students need to have friends – it’s the most important thing. If you don’t have friends you won’t be happy, and if you’re not happy you’re not going to want to hang around university,” Ms McNamara said.
“Through these courses we want to provide a way for students to link up with other people and deal with the fears and expectations of being at university. Other students are not sure what’s expected of them for learning at university, so we’re o$ering workshops on how to research and write to achieve the calibre of academic writing required at UQ. ” Ms McNamara said second-year students would talk about “real life situations” in all sessions, and each would be followed by a guided tour of the University.
“I hope the students who participate will have made at least one successful contact each and will have a couple of new skills under their belts to help them in their transition to university,” she said. The Write Stu$ teaches students how to deal with writer’s block and how to put ideas into a clear and logical structure, and covers writing strategies for various disciplines. Quantum Leap helps new students link up with other students and make a smooth transition into university life.
Participants will talk about adjusting to their new environment, discuss their expectations and tour the campus. You Can (usually) Get What You Want will help students *nd solutions to research problems.
It will o$er strategies on narrowing down topics, collecting information and integrating research into writing. Tried And True gives tips on studying science at UQ. Participants will learn how to construct and use concept maps, understand set readings, summarise lectures, identify key concepts, make use of study groups, and how to prepare for assessment. For more information contact Jan King (telephone 3365 1120 or email j. [email protected] uq. edu. au).