Upon signing my acceptance letter for my entry-level position after graduation, I was immediately flooded with information about a process I have to partake in we K-Staters know all too well: orientation.
Yes, even as you start a new job, you have to go through orientation.
Upon seeing that requirement, it brought me back to my younger years (well more like a short 4 years ago) of when I attended orientation as an incoming freshman to K-State.
K-State Orientation is a time of a multitude of brochures, smiling people in purple, free food at the Union, and meeting with your advisor for the first time. Although this day sounds exhausting, here are some tips for making the day exciting and most productive for you.
1. Wear purple!
You are a K-Stater now! Time to start building that purple wardrobe!
2. Arrive a few minutes early!
You will be let in right at 8 am, but arriving a few minutes early will help you get your feet under you, letting you take a deep breath before all the hustle and bustle begins.
Speaking of feet…..
3. Wear comfortable shoes.
You will be walking around the browsing fair, to and from your academic advising appointment, and maybe taking a campus tour later in the day. Nothing can bring down that day faster by not wearing the right shoes and your feet hurting all day.
4. Wear something you are proud of looking at for the next 4 years.
You will be taking your picture for your student ID picture that day so the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-don’t-want-to-be-here look may not be the best decision.
5. Bring a copy of your transfer hours.
If you know you will be bringing in AP credit or college credit to your major, it may help you immensely to bring those along with you to your academic advising meeting so you can show your advisor what courses you already have taken so you can get into the classes that will keep you right on track with where you are as a student.
6. Ask questions of your Orientation Leaders!
At one point during the day, you will have the opportunity to be in a smaller group of students while being shown a presentation by an Orientation Leader(OL). Your OL will be a charismatic current K-State student who is just dying to answer your questions. They can answer anything from what is the best food to have in the residence hall dining centers to where are good places to study. OL’s will be your best resource for finding out about all things K-State!
And just for good K-State practices…..
7. Do the Wabash Cannonball
There will come a point when you are sitting in a large hall in the Union will all your fellow incoming K-Staters and the Wabash Cannonball song will come on over the speaker! It is within your best interest to stand up and participate! It will make the day so fun and will truly build your K-State pride initially.
K-State does an excellent job in meeting your needs that day, along will adding extra fun here and there to help get you excited to be a Wildcat. The old saying, “The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it” really applies on this day. Take this chance to learn all about what you are interested that day so you are ready to take on K-State the first day of class in August.
And just think…..for those of you going through Orientation on June 19th and 20th……Know that there is a recent K-State grad going through her orientation for her big-girl job at that exact same moment.
We can do this, team! *deep breaths* We can do this!
As always, GO CATS!!