Paramedicine student Ryan Webster offers his top tips for getting the most out of Orientation.
Visit the Student Portal to plan your Orientation
Check out the Orientation information in the Student Portaland register for all the sessions and activities you think are relevant to you. This will give you your own personal Orientation plan which you can print off or keep on your mobile. And trust me, you’ll be grateful you’ve taken the time to organise yourself when you rock up for Orientation fully prepared!
Wear a comfortable pair of shoes
Compared to high school, uni campuses can seem huge. And the buildings can be spread out, so it is easy to get lost. With activities going on anywhere and everywhere, walking is certain, so wearing comfortable shoes ensures you don’t get sore feet from the massive cardio session you just smashed out in one day.
Accept the freebies
There will be a free food, drink, merchandise, brochures and information guides at Orientation. My advice is to take them, take them all! The food and drink is self-explanatory – you’re a uni student now, never ever refuse free food. The information is really helpful and good reading material for the next time you procrastinate.
Check out the clubs and societies
There will be a variety of stalls set up by special interest and society groups. They’re a great way of meeting people who have similar interests and tastes to you. It’s usually a fairly cost effective way of finding social opportunities. Feel free to sign up to as many groups that interest you. If you don’t like one, there’s no pressure to go back.
Take your new timetable and find your classes
By Orientation, you will have allocated your classes. So take your new timetable and participate in a campus tour or ask an ACU student or staff member where your classes are. Believe me, this helps on the first day. Nothing is worse than stressing about being late for class because you can’t find your room. Plus you’ll look completely prepared (even if you’re not feeling that way).
Talk to a stranger
It’s the opposite of everything you have been told about stranger danger, but trust me. One of the best things about Orientation is the opportunity to meet people who are going through the same transition, and may be feeling just as out of their comfort zone, as you. So summon all your self-confidence and start conversations with strangers who look friendly. If you’re at an event alone and you see someone else who is alone – go over and chat. It’s during this time when people are most open to making friends.