The Emotions And Feelings Of College Orientation

5 Things That Hit You In The Feels When You're Thrown Into College Orientation

This step before moving in can hit you like a ton of bricks (or textbooks).


This past week, I went to my college orientation, also known as SummerStart at my school. SummerStart is a two-day event with both orientation and registration occurring over the course of it. Here are some of the things that gave me all of the feels while I was attending.

1. Seeing your campus for the first time.

Even though I live in Washington, I had never been able to make it up to campus before. Actually seeing it for the first time made me really emotional. Especially in the case of Western, which is known for being a beautiful campus. The smoke did ruin some of it, but it was lovely to see it for myself!

2. Moving into a dorm room overnight.

For my orientation, we got to stay in the dorm rooms overnight, and this was another moment that was fueling my emotions. Even though we weren't really moving in, having room keys and a random roommate felt like the first taste of actual college life.

3. Registering for classes.

For me, registering for classes was both a very stressful and very rewarding experience. They warned us we might not be able to get spots in the classes we wanted due to all of the upperclassmen having registered. There were only so many spots that they opened up for us. So, of course, this meant lots of planning was needed before we actually went to register, but the planning was worth it! I was able to get into all of the classes I wanted, and that was really exciting!

4. Your college ID card.

I'm not sure if every school does this, but Western chooses to do the ID cards for new students at orientation. Receiving that card was really just overwhelming. Of course, just like in high school, the picture probably isn't the most flattering, but it's not the picture that counts. Receiving that card is like a huge announcement of "Hey! I'm a real college student now!" I'm not going to say I cried upon receiving my ID card, but I definitely got a little misty-eyed.

5. Leaving the campus again.

Probably one of the most emotional moments for me was when I tried leaving the campus again. After having spent a whirlwind 24 hours there, I was extremely satisfied with my college choice and I wasn't ready to leave! I spent a good couple of hours just wandering around campus with a map, looking for my classrooms and just getting familiar with the buildings. When I finally did get in my car to head home, a wave of sadness crashed over me. I was ready for college to start right then.

These emotions were definitely a roller coaster to handle while I was at orientation, but at the end of it all, I can say that I am definitely counting down the days to moving in!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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Dear College Freshmen, Here's Everything You Need To Know, From Someone In The Know

First semester is rough, but it really does get better.


It's been seven months since I came to college. I feel like I've been in college for a while, but at the same time not long at all. There's been a lot of firsts and a lot of lasts this past year and during spring semester I've gained more awareness, learned how to manage time and get involved.

Even though I didn't miss living in a dorm over the long breaks, they are many things I've learned:

How not to be a jerk

Thank you, college, for teaching me to not be rude if I possibly can in any circumstance. Even though I may be in a bad mood sometimes, I'm able to always find something positive to say. Turning negativity into positivity is so special and all around an important skill to have.

2. Learn and grow as a person

Even though first semester was very challenging with a lot more negatives than positives, second semester is like a complete 180. Learning how to grow as a person and the one I want to become has been the most important part. Also, having the consciousness to fix your life the way you want it and getting to where you want to be is helpful.

3. Put yourself out there and don't stop getting involved

Try as many things as you can that will help benefit you and only you. Life is too short to join an organization just because your friend is in it. Everything in college is about YOU. Having enough confidence to meet people, introducing yourself and making conversations with people is key to actually making friends. Hermits get nowhere people.

4. Create a positive environment for your roommate

Creating a positive environment for my roommate not only makes me feel better about myself but also gives the person I share my room with a nice experience. It doesn't matter if the person comes from a different background. College is something you only get to experience one time. It's better to be nice, positive, and peppy even on bad days. You don't have to be best friends with your roommate, but instead, just be friendly.

5. When in doubt, always say hi

Regardless of how I feel, if I see someone I know I always try to say hi. I'm going to be the one to say, if you don't wave or say hi to people you know that's just weird, you're making it weird for yourself.

6. Talk to people

I can't believe I even have to put this one down, but yes it's here. My communications class during my first semester of college was key to making meaningful friendships. I've never learned so much about how to communicate with people with positivity. If only I had learned this four years ago as a freshman in high school…

7. How to have something in common with everyone

One of the best parts of living in a dorm this year was the ability to start a conversation with anyone and have something in common. I've learned its very time consuming to analyze and separate people based on what you have in common with them. It's also better to not make as many judgments about a person without really knowing them. Don't waste time about what you don't know.

8. Always give other people the respect they deserve

Giving other people respect, regardless of what they look like, is important. It's the basis of all communication.

9. How to be outgoing without getting drunk

I feel like this is an easy one, but unfortunately, there are so many people who do this on the weekends. I don't know how people get through life by living this lifestyle. You can still be outgoing without going to parties or getting wasted. Have fun, but also get your work done.

10. Don't spend money of stuff you don't need

With a lack of space in a dorm room, buying stuff you don't need is not worth it. This means, if you buy too much, something you bought may end up sitting on the floor because you have nowhere to put it. This creates a domino effect of not being able to clean the floor or tripping over objects in the middle of the night and waking up your roommate.

11. Stay well and eat

Remember to eat and stay well by not being too worn down. It's easier said than done but allowing your body to recover and not over-scheduling yourself pays off.

12. It gets better

First semester will be rough, to say the least, but after a full semester of trying to adjust, it only gets better. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt with a new learning experience that is bigger than yourself. It will be hard, and you will want to give up, but it is so rewarding.

13. Work hard first semester

It may be hard to stay focused because of culture shock of being in a new place and community, but if you work hard, you can do well. This is the easiest semester you will have. It's OK to slip up, but not for long. The professors will get better, I promise.

14. Don't feel the pressure to decide on a major right away

You have plenty of time to explore different career paths during freshman year. However, make sure to decide on a major during sophomore year at the latest(depending on requirements and to get into the major).

15. Try hard to find a good roommate

For freshman year, finding a roommate is like speed dating. You basically agree to be roommates with someone on Facebook and talk to as many people as possible to maybe find the right match. It's hard knowing who is going to be the right fit knowing life will be completely different once you start college. Here is a link of questions that you should ask every potential roommate.

16. Have a car if you can

Having a car second semester freshman year has been a true blessing. The secret is having enough credits to be a sophomore. Although it involves more responsibility, it is better for your mental health and the ability to go places. This way you are not stuck in a dorm room all the time. Having a car also integrates a normal life of mobility, for example, going to the movies, going home for the weekend, picking up a prescription at the pharmacy.

17. The bookstore is not your friend

Avoid buying books from the bookstore at all costs because of the expensive price. Chegg or is where it's at.

18. Everyone's equal

In college, everyone is working towards an undergraduate degree at the least and is working towards the same common goal. No one is really above each other. College is a community where people help each other as much as possible.

There will be times where you will question everything and that is OK. Know that you have more than you think you do and be thankful for everything that you have.

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