The Scholar Perspective: First-Year Orientation
Raeven Jones-Kelley graduated from Waukegan High School in 2012. She is a rising sophomore at Haverford College, where she is looking forward to joining the executive board of the Black Student League for the 2013-2014 school year.
Can you tell us a little about the process of preparing for orientation? What were you planning and packing?
- Cell phone
- Comfortable clothes: Now this is important. I know many want to look cute on their first day of meeting everyone, but you have to keep in mind that you will be doing activities all day long and you want to be comfortable. So no high heels or dresses girls!
- A great smile - first impressions count :)
- Keep an open mind.
- Don't forget that you are there for school—not partying!
- Use all of your school resources! Just because you use them or need them does not mean that you aren’t smart; they are there to help you.
Raeven, thank you so much for sharing your experience and advice! College students: did you have a similar experience at orientation? Do you have any other wisdom to share with first-year students?