New Student Orientation In The New Normal
Updated: March 2021
Relief from pandemic tyranny is on the horizon. Students are being notified daily about their college admission status.
And “normality” appears to be taking hold once again!
If the college or university of your choice has accepted you, then congratulations!
Your next step is attending New Student Orientation.
And So It Begins, New Student Orientation…
Most colleges and university campuses are now preparing for their New Student Orientation programs. Most last throughout the summer and continue through the start of the fall semester.
Their challenge is planning how to resume “normal” on-campus New Student Orientation activities as they evolve out of the current pandemic culture.
In the meantime, as you scroll through your online New Student Orientation information, you begin to shake your head, wondering how in the world are you going to succeed in this new environment.
Transitioning into this new culture will definitely be a challenge, but you can do it!
In addition, you’ll find that the language used is new, the process itself often confusing, and the virtual get to know you experience may be just a little too warm and fuzzy.
So you read on…
You keep asking yourself,
“How am I going to find my way through this dense fog of foreign information and achieve my academic goals…. I just want to graduate in 4 years!”
Academic Adviser To The Rescue
If you’re having any of the above feelings or concerns, many campus student support personnel will be available to assist you throughout the process.
They are extremely empathetic to your plight as a new student. And most work diligently to ease your transition into your new campus community.
One of the key student support professionals you need to connect with immediately is your academic adviser.
They know everything and everyone you need to know in order to be successful in achieving your academic and career goals.
And, by chance, if they don’t know, then they can point you in the right direction to find out who does.
So Throw Despair Out The Window…
FYI – Not all college orientation programs are the same. So stay focused on your particular institution and its requirements.
Once you familiarize yourself with your new student orientation program, your next step should be to find out who will be your academic adviser.
Most institutions, however, will initially assign an adviser to you to guide you through the orientation and course registration process.
And the sooner you find out who that person is, the more informed and better equipped you’ll be to navigate more successfully in your new environment!
But what if you and your new adviser don’t hit it off? Can you change advisers?
Just find out what the change procedure is and act accordingly.
Feeling comfortable with your academic adviser is critically important to your future success as a college student.
Also, create a college information resource list.
Add us to it and stay connected.
Periodically, we send out information alerts we think you need to know as you pursue your degree.
Congratulations, stay connected with us, your academic adviser and your campus information guru – the campus reference librarian!
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A Word to the Wise...
An Academic Pearl of Wisdom
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice.
And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
And we're always available to help as well!
Disclaimer Reminder: A college student's first line of inquiry should always be with their campus academic adviser. College Success Life Advising Sessions provide additional problem-solving options to undergraduate and graduate students for further exploration on their individual campuses. Students should always consult their assigned adviser not only during the course selection process but periodically to keep apprised of programmatic changes, testing requirements, course additions/deletions, GPA modifications, etc.
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