“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
If no teacher gave it to you at the end of high school, give Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” a read-through. Acceptance letter in hand, brains in my head, and feet in my shoes, I still remember the summer portion of my new student orientation. This year, all incoming students will come to TU over the summer and begin their orientation journey.
But orientation isn’t just a day where you pick up a bunch of informational pamphlets then go home and never read them. As cheesy as it may sound, it’s the day you become a part of the Towson story, and Towson becomes a part of yours. It starts with you, the new student, taking advantage of the opportunities laid before you to learn more about what the campus has to offer you.
Even if the person you hang out with all day doesn’t become your best friend, they are the person whose friend they introduce you to is in a club on campus you end up joining. For me, a great first experience with my Orientation Leader lead me to become one myself, and through that I met one of the most important people in my life.
The resources you learn about at orientation could be the ones you use to start your business, or write your book (The Writing Center is AWESOME!). The conversations you have will teach you about the world and how you are a citizen in it. You’ll talk about who you are as an individual, as an incoming class, and who we all are as a University. You’ll get your academics in line so that when you graduate you’re ready to take your degree and show everyone what you and your fellow tigers can do.
You’ll be guided along the way–not just by Orientation Leaders and your Guidebook App, but by professors, staff, and the generations of tigers that have come before you. So take your OneCard and wear your lanyard with pride. At the end of your summer orientation day you’ll feel like your blood is a little less red and a little more black and gold.
Arriving in the fall, you can re-connect with the classmates and friends you met over the summer (If you haven’t been sliding into each other’s DMs since). There’s a little more business to make sure you’re set up for classes to start, but there will also be a whole lot of FUN! You’ll meet more people and learn about organizations to get involved in and have plenty of time to get your Tiger Pride on.
I hope you’re getting ready to ride the rollercoaster I’ve been on these past few years. Sometimes I can’t believe it all started there at orientation.
“And then things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.”
Student Director, New Student Programs