16 College Orientation Questions You'll Want To Ask

16 College Orientation Questions You'll Want To Ask

What you need to know.

It's time for college orientation season to begin at colleges and as my day is tomorrow, it inspired me to write about all the worries and excitement that goes along with it.

1. What to bring

Pencil, paper, computer, valid ID, confirmation, and of course yourself.

2. What to wear

Clothes (duh) but what kind? Make sure to check the forecast.

3. What to ask

Make a list of questions beforehand.

4. What time to show up

"If you're early you're on time, if you're on time you're late" so they say.

5. Who do you go with

If you know someone going, that helps, otherwise you'll meet someone there.

6. Where do you park

Make sure to look into the lots before going and print any passes you may need to avoid a ticket.

7. Where do you sign in

There has to be a booth somewhere.

8. What will be going on

Better save the schedule to your phone.

9. Will I make it to everything

It says you have to be at everything so I'm going to guess that they will make sure you get to where you need to go.

10. Will the information be helpful

If you ask questions from your list, you'll get most if not all the info you needed.

11. Are we going to have to do ice breakers

I don't know if I'm up for running around and singing songs, but if that's what happens, I guess games it is.

12. What classes to take

Looking up courses before is a good idea, so you have some sort of idea as to what you will need to take and what you'll take in semesters to come.

13. Meeting with advisors

Show your advisor what you have and ask what they would suggest. They've done this a few times so they will be able to direct you and help you choose courses better suited for you.

14. When are we done

These days are long, but the end gets closer by the minute!

15. The relief at the end of the day

Returning to your car and breathing a sigh of relief now that everything is settled and ready for the weeks to come.

16. Waiting for the semester to begin

Now it's time to worry about getting all those books...

This orientation will (hopefully) make your next semester seem less intimidating, or more depending on the classes you chose to take. Just remember that you're not there for nothing, you are there because you are getting ready for the next chapter of your life and waiting for what comes your way.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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Quiet on the set.


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