With Summer upon us, we are beginning to prepare your new home for the class of 2020! But of these, the most important preparation is your success, and this includes having your Orientation ready to go for you.
Why is Orientation such a big deal here on campus? The list is quite large, but the most common reasons why we emphasize it so much is that it allows you to connect with other future Wildcats, finalize your classes, and meet your academic advisors. Your advisors are the super heroes of your academic career that will help you ensure you’re on the right track for graduation. Should you encounter any bumps during your time here on campus, your counsellors should be your go-to. They can provide you all the resources you’ll need to cater specifically to your success.
You also get an opportunity to meet with your college and this comes with also meeting your classmates - which will be potential study buddies during finals!
Orientation is also to get you set up with your courses, discussing with academic advisors about your major and important workshops to help you learn a variety of aspects about our campus. These include campus life, clubs and organizations, and resources for planning after graduation - like Career services. We’re here for you, and we want to introduce you to as many tools that we have available for you to ensure you receive that diploma in the next four years.
So what does orientation looks like? It will vary loosely depending on a variety of factors, such as what your major is, where you place in your placement exams, if you’ve been admitted as an honors student, and/or you plan on participating in the SALT Center. While some of the items in this list may not apply to you, it can look something like this. You’ll be guided by a Orientation and Welcome Leader (or OWLs , as we refer to them), and should you have any questions your guide will be able to point you in the right direction.
It’s important to remember that to get your student IDs, you will need to bring your government issued ID. This includes a driver’s license or your passport. These are an absolute must, so if these aren’t available you shouldn’t delay on getting them! You’ll have the opportunity to also upload your Immunizations on your Next Steps portal, but if you haven’t or can’t -don’t worry; you’ll be able to bring a hard copy to your orientation upon checking in.
Other things that are highly recommended for you to bring are:
- Bottled water for the desert weather
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Copies of transcripts, such as high school and community colleges transcripts
- Any test scores, including AP.
- Your cell phone.