“LET'S GET SOCIAL!” Is what you will hear in the loudest and most enthusiastic voice possible as the final orientation, session 7, begins. Orientation is led by a group of outgoing and friendly SCU students. The Orientation Leaders execute their role so well I felt like I truly belonged at Santa Clara by the end of the first day. Orientation is arguably the most valuable experience upon entering into college because it helps to situate you within your new home and you will meet other students who may become your life long friends.
Coming from abroad certainly was a very challenging experience. I felt sick to my stomach and was worried about what I would encounter being away from family and friends. Orientation 7 is made up of predominantly international students. So, in other words, everyone is also feeling overwhelmed and nervous.
Orientation Leaders have been a helpful resource to me ever since I arrived. I am still in contact with many of them and they are always there to help. They truly care about you and helping you adapt to your new home as easily as possible.
As a session 7 orientation student I was able to experience so much in a little amount of time. I was exposed to all parts of the campus and all sorts of fun activities. It’s a great session because the friends you make are likely to have a similar international background as yours. You will make long lasting relationships with the OL’s and students you meet.
My advice, step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of everything this amazing session provides you with!
Some things you may do at Orientation:
Get to know you activities
Campus tour (sometimes based off your class schedule)
Meetings with advisors/faculty/resident life staff
Move into your dorm (orientation 7 only)
Have a lot of fun!