Orientation for new freshmen is in full swing at Northern Michigan University and it brings me back to when I went to orientation five years ago.
I had a horrible time at orientation when I was a freshman. The day my dad and I came up for orientation the rest of my family was packing up and leaving for Tennessee to see my grandfather who was in the hospital.
I wasn't exactly in a good mood when I left for Marquette and it didn't help that - on the second day of orientation - I twisted my ankle so bad that it instantly turned black and blue. So NMU's orientation wasn't as exciting as it should have been for me as a new college freshman, but it was still more helpful then I could have ever imagined.
One of the most helpful aspects of orientation at NMU was the staff. All of us were split into groups based on last name and given a staff member - either a recent graduate or a current student - to lead us. My staff member helped me a lot as I decided on classes and what associate degree program to sign up for.
I had this scholarship called the Tuition Incentive Program that required the recipient to enroll in an associate program for the first two years and complete it. As a double major, I didn't just want to be in a program that only focused on one of my bachelor's and ultimately putting me behind in the other.
So I talked to my group leader and she helped me find an associate degree program that would work for both. I found that all of the staff was pretty much this helpful all the time during orientation and it made me feel comfortable about coming to school in the fall.
The second most helpful part of NMU's orientation was the extracurriculars fair that the university holds so new freshmen can get learn about all of the student organizations that NMU as to offer. Honestly, the only table I was interested in at the fair was the marching band table. So I tracked it down and got all the information I needed for band camp.
I think that this fair is a good idea on NMU's part because students need a lot more than just school work and class in their lives. It's also a good way to meet the people who run the organizations and learn a little about the kind of people who are in them - which is never a bad thing.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.