Tuesday, June 2, 2015

10 ways to make the best of New Student Orientation

Next week is the first New Student Orientation session! Cristina Vintimilla '17 shared a few tips to make the best of your first three days living on campus.

1. Play musical chairs 
Sit at random tables during meals. Everyone is there to meet new people and make friends. Don’t be afraid to be the first one to introduce yourself.

2. Be nosy 
Ask questions. You’re probably tired of asking questions or you’ve asked all of them on campus tours. But now that you’re on campus for three days, more questions might pop up.

3. Hang out 
Walk past the common room in your residential hall and hang out with the students there. Don’t lock yourself in your room the whole night!

4. Try the food
You’ll have an opportunity to try out Hofstra’s food. Take advantage and taste what our dining halls have to offer.

5. Be a social butterfly 
Get to know all the orientation leaders, not just yours. Every OL represents Hofstra in a different way. Chat with more than one and you might find out some cool things they have to offer.

6. Say yes to everything
Go to every optional event. You’ll meet more people and you might get free food! (Tip: college students love free stuff.)

7. Be an adventurer
After you create your fall schedule, walk around campus and get a head start on creating short routes.

8. Get lots of sleep 
One of best parts is the free time to stay up late but don’t stay up TOO late or else you won’t have enough energy to enjoy the next day.

9. Get connected 
Be sure to get people’s numbers and social media accounts to stay connected over the summer.

10. Be yourself
College is a fresh start and you’ll have four years to have the best experiences of your life. Be yourself and everything will go just fine.

Are you an incoming first-year student excited to visit for Orientation this summer? Let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments!


  1. I'm looking forward to meeting my classmates!

  2. I'm excited to live on my own, take exciting new classes and meet new people!

  3. I'm looking forward to the activities at orientation and meeting new people!

  4. I can't wait for orientation! :)

  5. I'm looking forward to learning about my future classes and even clubs hopefully!