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Home Centennial College Blog 2012 August 10 Make The Best Out of Orientation

Make The Best Out of Orientation

Picture of Centennial students at orientation

Almost every first year student that is invited to orientation shows some hesitancy in sending the RSVP back. Despite many myths orientation is a great free resource for students to take advantage of.

The key to making the best out of orientation is the same as the key to success in college. Step outside of your comfort zone! Your comfort zone is NOT your friend, in fact it’s your enemy --- too many times it holds us back from making decisions and having new experiences. It is a box that sabotages your potential! 

This year at orientation challenge yourself to:

1.  Try something new 

What’s new won’t hurt you! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said I don’t like a food – I had never even tasted in my life. The truth is you don’t know that you don’t like it, you're assuming you don’t. There is a 50% chance it might be the best thing that ever happened to you! Consider the age-old mantra, nothing ventured, nothing gained –be open to every opportunity and experience and you just might be pleasantly surprised.  Not to mention your bravery might just be the encouragement a fellow student needs to take the plunge and participate too.

2.  Meet someone new 

Apart from high school, college offers the greatest chance of creating long-lasting bonds and friendships. Extend yourself to being open to having that first awkward conversation with a total stranger; Even best friends had to start off with a ‘hi’ and a handshake. Some of the older students are also great people to meet and connect with. Orientation is a great time to get first-hand information on your program and your professors. 

3.   Learn something new 

That means opening yourself enough to ask questions. Raising your hand in a room full of people isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially since most of us have been brainwashed by the ‘stupid question’ theory. Hopefully, we have all had the chance to unlearn that lesson; there aren’t any stupid questions and chances are you aren’t the only person with that question on their mind. Do yourself and maybe even them a favour by getting the information that you need. With all of your questions answered and qualms put to rest, you’ll be starting college even more prepared for success.

Choosing to step outside of your comfort zone can redefine not just your experience at orientation and college, but also your life as a whole. Don’t let your comfort zone keep you back any longer.

Forget the reasons why you think you can't, and forget what people think -- just go for it! After all, what do you have to lose? 

-Kanisha Charles

Aka @Ms_World Changer