What to expect at New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is underway! In this post, orientation leader and Penn State student Megan Murray fills us in on some of the the activities that take place during NSO. For more information, visit the NSO website or check out the Student Orientation & Transition Programs Office on Facebook and Twitter.

After months of hard work and preparation, NSO finally became a reality on May 19!

Students start the day by having pictures taken for their IDs and attending presentations about living in the residence halls, meal plan options, and the 900+ student organizations that Penn State boasts.

In the afternoon, the new students and parents part ways for the rest of the night and the members of the Class of 2017 are introduced to their orientation leaders. We play ice breakers to help everyone get to know one another, learn about some of the other resources that are available at PSU (like the Office of Student Conduct-a place that they’ll hopefully never have to go in their PSU career!), and sample some of the food in the dining commons.

A group of students and their orientation leader during LateNight activities at New Student Orientation.

A group of students and their orientation leader during LateNight activities at New Student Orientation.

Later in the evening, the students and orientation leaders mingle at LateNight in the HUB Alumni Hall. Karaoke and Apples to Apples seem to be the most popular activities that get everyone participating and laughing together.

We are very happy to report that this first few weeks of NSO have been a great success! We have received a lot of positive feedback from students and parents who have enjoyed this orientation experience. As an orientation leader who has gone through the former FTCAP program, I’m so jealous that I didn’t have this new NSO experience! The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs definitely has the right recipe for an informative and FUN orientation program!

We’ve had so much fun getting to know some of the awesome students of the Class of 2017! Can’t wait to meet the rest of you!

Megan Murray
NSO Orientation Leader ‘13

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