It’s that time of year again! Thousands of graduated high school seniors are flocking to Manhattan for a day or more of Orientation. It’s hard to believe that I was one of those incoming Freshmen just one year ago, but I definitely learned a few things that I wish I had known coming into Orientation.
1. Ask Questions! I know it seems kind of embarrassing to ask questions in front of a bunch of people that you don’t know, but you really should. I wish I would have asked how early I should leave for classes, so that I wouldn’t have had to run all the way across campus on the first day of school!
2. Pay attention when you’re walking around campus. Try to remember where different buildings are in relation to the Union, because that’s pretty much the center of campus. The sooner you start knowing your way around, the less time you’ll spend walking around campus confused!
3. Get to know your student leaders! The two Sophomore students that led my group around for Orientation are now two of my really good friends!
4. Find out more about the organizations that you might want to be a part of. I got involved with the Honors Program and the Pre-Law Program after Orientation, and I’m really glad I did! It’s also a great time to learn about Greek Life!
Cole Galyon (right) is an Admissions Representative serving students in Texas. He has volunteered to be a guest blogger and share about coming to K-State from out-of-state. He has great tips for all of the out-of-state students coming to K-State in the fall! Thanks Cole!
Coming from out-of-state can be both exciting and a little scary. Below I have listed my 4 pieces of advice for out-of-state students who are attending K-State this fall.
Get to know someone: Making a connection with someone during your time at orientation, or other events leading up to the fall semester can make those first couple weeks away from home much more enjoyable. Whether it is your orientation leader, academic advisor, or a fellow student that you stood in line with to get Call Hall Ice Cream, make sure that someone knows who you are. Make this person your “go to” when trying to decide where to go to dinner, or who to sit with during the first home football game.
Get involved: Talk to current students at the browsing fair during Orientation and Enrollment, or browse through the website (http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/life/activities.html) for some suggestions of what might interest you. I suggest activities related to your major, a project you are passionate about, or something fun like skydiving. (your mom will not approve)
Embrace the culture: One word. PURPLE. K-Staters wear a lot of purple. We are proud to be part of this unbelievable family. Your responsibility as a member of this family is to take ownership by getting involved and giving back to the K-State community. We pride ourselves in being friendly and passionate about our school.
Know when to ask for help: People at K-State genuinely want you to be successful (see above), but you have to ask. Do not be too proud to get tutoring help if you know you are going to struggle with calculus. There are so many resources available to assist you both in and out of the classroom, and it is important to ask for help before it is too late.
I am looking forward to welcoming all of you to the K-State family. I hope to see you around campus, or skydiving this fall.
Kansas State University
Texas Regional Admissions Representative
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
This summer I am working as an Orientation Leader for Orientation and Enrollment at K-State. As you prepare to attend Orientation and Enrollment, I wanted to give you a few tips to have a fantastic day!
- Think of questions before you come to Orientation and Enrollment. The Orientation Leaders are trained and prepared to answer any question you might have. Try to stump the Orientation Leaders with your questions.
- Be excited! This is your first step as a Wildcat. Orientation and Enrollment is an awesome experience and will be a blast. Keep your energy high and be ready to have fun! Be ready to Wabash and sing the fight song with the Orientation Leaders. We want you to have as much fun as possible.
- Plan to stick around and explore. A browsing fair is available for students in the afternoon and features many programs on campus, such as: Student Financial Assistance, Cashier’s Office, Greek Affairs, Computing and Networking, Housing and Dining, and other programs. Also in the afternoon, Orientation Leaders will walk your schedule with you, give you a campus tour, or get Call Hall ice cream with you at the Alumni Center.
- Take notes! During the day you will hear a lot of information and it is important that you can remember the information. This is a great opportunity to receive information from current K-State students and we want you to remember it.
- Create a purple closet. While you are in Manhattan you will have the opportunity to enhance your purple wardrobe before the fall semester. Take advantage of this opportunity and add some more purple to your life.
The Orientation Leaders are thrilled to have all of the new students on campus and can’t wait to see you soon. Follow these tips and you will have an amazing day at K-State’s Orientation and Enrollment!