We won’t ignore the obvious here. College orientation includes nervousness, anticipation, anxiety and a little awkwardness. But the benefits far outweigh the discomfort for incoming students — and their parents. The goal is to take care of all the necessary details before the first day of college arrives.
Time on campus together — from the worship kick-off service on Thursday evening to the closing breakfast on Saturday morning — reduces stress and casts the vision for quality higher education. At the Friday evening dinner, the reality that the incoming freshmen are part of something bigger than themselves begins to take root. Dr. Bowling tells the Olivet story in an articulate way, encouraging students with the truth that they are at Olivet because of an amazing series of events that began in 1907.
The goal of Orientation for freshman and transfer students is to connect. The three-day event provides space and time for new students to meet faculty and staff members, to find a roommate and build friendships with future classmates, to navigate the technological elements of the University, to better understand how to utilize their Tiger Card, and to build a connection with their new home away from home.
During information sessions, parents learn more about Olivet’s values and mission; meaningful ways to help their students make the transition from home life to college life; and how to face the financial realities with confidence.
Orientation is a wonderful time to connect at Olivet and a memorable experience for families. Just ask senior Westin Edwards. “Orientation showcases the environment of joy and excellence that Olivet provides on campus,” he says. “Being part of this event sets the perspective of the students and parents who attend.”
“During Orientation weekend, you start believing that there is a reason why you are at Olivet,” Westin adds. “You feel called to live out that reason and figure out what God has in store for you during this time in your life.”
The 2019 Orientation dates are June 13-15, June 20-22 and August 24. Click here for more details about Orientation including the schedule for the event and where to submit health forms and final transcripts.
To learn more about becoming an Olivet student, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-648-1463.