1. UAB lettersBe camera ready. Try to be somewhere you won’t get distracted and can be seen well through your webcam.
  2. Talk with your classmates and Orientation Leaders. Put yourself out there – you might make friends you never expected to have!
  3. Put your phone on do not disturb to keep you from getting distracted.
  4. Make sure your computer is charged or plugged in so you don’t have to search for your charger during a Zoom session.
  5. Time your breaks between sessions. You can stretch, grab a snack, or take a bathroom break during the 15 minutes between each one—just like the breaks between classes at UAB!
  6. You can always re-watch the orientation videos to ensure that you understand all of the information.
  7. Don’t stress about class registration. You’ll have your advisor and Orientation Leaders available to help you.
  8. Have a way to take notes for any questions you have during live Zoom sessions or as you work on the Canvas course.
  9. Comment on other students’ introductions and questions in the Canvas discussion boards to try and get to know your classmates.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. All of the Orientation Leaders are happy to help, and you can message them privately if you're too nervous to ask in front of your group through email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Instagram (@UABOrientationLeaders). But remember: if you have a question, chances are someone else is wondering the same thing so go ahead and ask it!


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