As of yesterday I am an official Patriot studying for my BSN. Hooray! I just wanted to share with you some of my fun experiences with orientation as well as clubs that were available.
I attended the 8 hour session that lasted from 8:30am at check in to 5pm for picking up my GMU ID and registering for classes. The leaders of new student orientation were very informative of what we as transfers should expect. In addition to being a transfer student I am also a military wife which gives my transition a bigger twist but I’ll get into that in a minute.
Orientation started off with name tags, bags, shirts and a bunch of other free stuff. Shortly after we were led to the bottom floor of the Johnson center were various booths representing different resources for students were held to give more information as well as take their Mason ID photos. Then assembly in Dewberry Hall where student leaders and faculty introduced facts and points about student life and academics. As part of the presentation there were prizes given away for correctly answered GMU history questions as well as school spirit. Yours truly won that section! We were then broken up into sub categorical groups i.e. military students/dependents/veterans, adult students, students who are parents, first generation and general smaller groups for question and answer panel. Each group had a certain concern; military for example had questions about paperwork concerning transfer and how to apply credits earned in active duty to Mason credit, as well as questions about GI bill, housing and veterans with disabilities.
Lunch time! They were nice enough to give us a buffet style lunch of greens and cookies on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Center (where we spent all day). With time to kill I thought I’d make myself a friendship bracelet with GMU Colors green and gold. At this time I also took advantage of the list Mason has of all the organizations and clubs available, I loved seeing how much I had to choose from. I ended up choosing GMU Anime and Video Game Club, Ballroom Club, Close Knit Club, GMU FCA (Filipino Club), Healthcare Leaders Club and Japanese Club. Right away I was accepted into the groups that had a facebook account and met new friends who shared a lot of interests. I was warmly welcomed to all and even made plans to attend weekly ballroom sessions.
The next panel was about colleges which was then further broken up into majors. For me I attended College of Health and Human Services broken down to Nursing majors and finally a specific program RN to BSN. Here we received transfer credit counseling and final details about what was expected of us and how to prepare for our semester.
The day ended with picking up your Mason ID and registering for classes using Patriotweb (a site I highly encourage you learn how to use asap) and using our school email Masonlive to email our contacts. Optional assemblies included Financial aid, tours of campus etc.
To anyone who is planning to attend a summer orientation I highly suggest you bring water, a notepad, a backpack, any device that will have access to the internet (I referenced it many times during orientation for academic reasons not just to play candy crush), questions about campus/resources/your needs.