Friday, September 7, 2012

You've been waiting for what seems to be forever to start university and now that it's here, things seem to be moving at the speed of light. With tomorrow’s orientation, you will officially have been welcomed as a college-going student. The orientation will also be a great chance to acquaint yourself with the extracurricular activities, the services and all of your future opportunities. To most of you, this is your time to shine and prove to your parents that you can manage on your own. To others, this is a very overwhelming and frightening experience. All in all, it will come to be an unforgettable experience. 

Here’s a compiled list of popular Freshman tips to help you get through that first week of college and make the process more manageable and productive.

1) Meeting people is easier than you might think. Remember that no one knows anyone else. If you're feeling shy, not sure how to approach people, or completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of students on campus, keep in mind that everyone is new. Do make an effort to introduce yourself to people. 

2) Don't be shy because everyone is at the orientation for the same reason: to get accustomed to being in college before it actually begins. Making a few friends during that first week will make the experience less overwhelming.

You will find a few familiar faces from school and it would be great to hang out with them for the comfort factor but don’t let that stop you from getting to know new friends. Once you get attached it will be difficult to spread your wings and meet new people. Also, new people may have a hard time introducing themselves to you if they see you surrounded by a group of people that you seem to already know and get along with. Groups can be intimidating so try and steer clear of constantly being with them during the first week.

3) Make sure to do your logistics-based tasks when assigned. Register yourself with your department at the orientation, get your student ID card during your first week as well as ensure you have the bus number and bus pick up points right if you are planning to use the bus. Creating an email to connect with your classmates, professors and university are the building blocks for the rest of your college experience. Get them settled as soon as possible.

4) Get to know your professors. Get to know what reading lists and textbooks are required for each course.

5) This will lead you to visit the library. If you are not a reader and the word library brings a frown on your face - Consider this: would you rather learn how to use the campus library while relaxed and meeting new people, or later in the semester when you're really stressed, tired, and backed up against a deadline for your project? 

6) Once on campus, use free to explore the campus. Know what’s where it will help you get acclimatized to your surroundings. 

7) As for help when -- not if -- you need it. Everyone on campus, from staff, students, and faculty, knows that orientation is a time for learning new things and getting oriented. If you're not sure about something, ask someone.

8) You are at point eight but if you’re still feeling a little edgy about the first point about making new friends, stop now! Meeting people may seem hard at first, but once you venture out, it's often much easier than anyone thinks. If you're not sure where to start, try one of these ten easy tips.
Join a student club 
Visit the multi-purpose hall – indulge in indoor and outdoor sporting activities
Use the gym
Volunteer on campus
Get involved with a leadership opportunity
Start a study group
Work for the campus blog
Work for the campus yearbook
Start your own club or organization!
Join the conversation in the classroom
Bonus tip: Smile and stay cool – it’s okay to be nervous-it’s just your first week!

9) Like our facebook page, twitter (@ManipalDxb) if you tweet and subscribe to our student youtube channel to stay updated with university news, events and competitions.

10) Attend classes, work hard and don't forget to have a little fun. 

Good luck!