By, Jodi Pavol

Well new Bobcats, it is finally here! It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for since you made the not-so-difficult decision to become an Ohio University student—Bobcat Student Orientation! Let me be among the first to welcome you to this beautifully unique university and city that I like to call my home away from home. While you’re here at orientation, you will schedule your classes, meet a lot of new friends, and be given a TON of information. You will love every second of it, but with so much to see and do, it is tough not to leave feeling just a little overwhelmed. To make sure you leave orientation feeling refreshed and exited to be a member of the Bobcat family, I would like to share with you my top 5 tips for making the most of your orientation experience.

Grab some free coffee from the CLDC

The very first thing you should do after you check-in for orientation is visit the CLDC for a FREE cup of hot and delicious coffee! While you are here, you can check out all of the helpful services and resources that the CLDC has to offer for first-year students including career courses, career coaching, Foundations, and the Pepsi Scholars leadership program. We are also giving away a fabulous daily prize and a grand prize to several lucky students who visit our office and participate in our twitter contest. Trust me; you don’t want to miss out on this!

Go Uptown

Court Street is home to a bounty of local restaurants and shops. When your schedule allows, make a trip uptown to snag some Bobcat gear from the bookstores and grab a bite to eat. Some of my personal favorite spots uptown are Fluff Bakery, Bagel Street Deli, and Mountain Laurel Gifts.

Unplug!

It’s never too early to begin building your Bobcat network. Bobcat Student Orientation is the perfect time to unplug and focus on making new friends – instead of scrolling through Facebook or Instagram to catch up with high school friends. When you’re in a session where you don’t know anyone, turn to the person next to you and introduce yourself. Invite your new friend to eat lunch with you in the dining hall – you’ll both be glad you did!

Explore Athens

If you’ll be in town for a bit before or after orientation, get out of town and explore some of the hidden gems Athens has to offer. There’s something for everyone! If you’re the outdoorsy type, you might enjoy hiking in the Wayne National Forest or fishing at Strouds Run State Park. Athens is also home to several historic sites, including the famous Ridges cemeteries and state mental hospital. Be sure to check this Athens events site to find out if there will be any festivals or performances while you are visiting!

Relax…you won’t be able to remember everything

Take a deep breath…you’re a Bobcat now! It’s ok if you don’t remember every little detail that you heard at orientation or if you misplace a few pamphlets. What matters is that you enjoy your experience, you make a new friend, and that you leave orientation excited for an amazing experience to come!

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