Orientation

Hope Colabrese (left) and Austin Keel (right) lead students and parents around campus during New Student Orientation.
Photo contributed by Clayton Freeman with The Office Of New Student Programs

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

N ew high school graduates prepare for the next chapter of their lives entering as UAB freshman and face their first new college experience, orientation.

Goin’ Green New Student Orientation allowed incoming freshman and transfer students and their parents to tour highlights of the campus and learn all the aspects involved in becoming a Blazer.

During the orientations, students registered for classes, discussed academic expectations, learned about campus housing and met other freshman.

“I think the freshman orientation is definitely one of my favorite new college experiences already,” said Elishba Khan, an incoming freshman who will be majoring in accounting. “I’ve already joined all the organizations I’m interested in and had the opportunity to ask about anything I could think of to the orientation leaders.”

TrailBlazers and Orientation Leaders provided tours to the more than 2,200 incoming students and were given information on student life.

“It’s definitely exciting to see the new students start becoming a Blazer,” said Rabisa Kahn, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences and TrailBlazer. “We forget how scary this new environment can be because we’re all so used it.”

Chris Lorimer, a sophomore in political science, felt that his orientation provided a considerable amount of reassurance to his parents when he participated in the mandatory event last summer.

“Looking back it now, I’m pretty sure most things came in one ear and out the other,” Lorimer said. “But I remember my mom asking questions nonstop. By the end she was finally satisfied leaving me here for a year.”

During the orientation, parents are given a separate tour and are informed of multiple resources available to the students such as free tutoring centers and the Health and Wellness Center.

“I’m pretty sure many people would agree with me that the [student organization] expo is one the most important parts of the tour,” said Colton Clayton, a junior in biology and member of UAB’s Biology Club. “The college experience is so much more than just getting good grades, so it’s important for the new students to get involved as soon as they can.”

Sufia Alam can be reached at sufia@uab.edu.

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