10 Tips For All Incoming Freshman At Your College Orientation

10 Tips for All Incoming Freshman At Your College Orientation

The do's and do-not's for your first college experience.


We are quickly approaching college orientation season and, as someone who just went through their own orientation, I feel the need to bestow my knowledge upon you.

1. Don't over-pack.


Most college orientations take place over a couple days, meaning that you will most likely have to spend a night or two in a dorm. This doesn't mean you have to pack everything you own, however. Just pack the necessities because, trust me, you won't have time to lounge in the dorm or put on a full face of makeup every morning.

2. Wear walking shoes.


All of orientation is walking around campus. Between campus tours and team building, your feet will thank you greatly if you opt for a pair of walking shoes instead of flip flops.

3. Bring a backpack.


College orientation is code for "a lot of free college stuff." You'll get t-shirts, hats, handouts, folders, water bottles, candy, and pretty much anything else they can throw at you. It makes everything a lot easier if you have a backpack to throw everything into to free up your hands.

4. Bring a water bottle.


Although i was lucky enough to get a water bottle (I completely forgot to bring one), not everyone is that lucky. Since most college orientations take place in the summer, it will most likely be hot and the last thing you want to do is pass out in the middle of the tour. So, throw a water bottle in your backpack and try your best to remember to fill it up when you can.

5. Look on the school's website.


If your school has an overnight orientation, there is a good chance that they have a school packing list for your night. I would highly recommend that you stick to it. They know what they're talking about. They also might have a schedule of activities which is nice to know so you what to expect.

6. Don't bring a mattress pad.


Dorm beds aren't THAT bad, especially if you're only there for one night. You are already carrying a lot in and out and only have so much room in your bags, you don't want to have to worry about bringing a mattress pad in and out as well.

7. Listen and ask questions.


You are going to hear a lot of information in the short time that you are there. Don't be afraid to ask for clarification or dig a little deeper, write something down if you need to. Also, don't be afraid to ask other students questions; they were all in your shoes at one point and they probably have the answer you're looking for.

8. Talk to people.


As an introvert, being surrounded by a bunch of new people in a new place is a nightmare, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought it would be. Most of the other people there don't know anyone either, so they're all as clueless. Mention you like the band on someone's shirt, or talk to those with the same major; you may not find you new BFF, but it is nice to be somewhat friendly with some of the people you will be spending the next four years surrounded by.

9. Go to sleep.


The days are heavily packed and there is little chance of rest during those days, so I highly recommend trying to get a full night of sleep the night before and turning in somewhat early the nights that you are there.

10. Have RESPONSIBLE fun.


There's more than likely a lot of fun going on on campus, some of which are set up just for orientation. I recommend that THOSE are the ones you go to. Although you are technically in college now, they might have a late curfew and allow you to roam campus, but try to stay out of trouble. If they catch you at a party with drinks or just doing something that is wrong, they could end up removing you from the school.

Orientation is your first experience in your new school and it can be such a fun experience. So relax, soak it all up, and try and have (responsible( fun.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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