BLOG: Orientation Survival Guide.

Orientation.  What is it?

I heard that it is just a big party.

 As an incoming Choctaw I had no idea what to expect out of Orientation.  So to prepare you guys for what is coming I have compiled an agenda and a packing list.

Agenda: Breakin’ it Down.

Orientation: Day 1

Check in begins at 5:00pm.  This is happening right above the cafeteria (B.C. Rogers Student Center) and from there you will be directed to your home away from home for the night.  Ladies will stay in New Womens East Tower and the men will stay in Crestman.  Go ahead and get pumped. This is your first weekend of college.

Welcome Reception begins in B.C. Rogers Student Center: Get ready for snacks and light socialization.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm in Anderson.  At MC we know how to host a swanky meal so prepare your tummy for yummy food and a semi-elegant dining experience. Also be prepared to hear from our President Dr. Royce and many other higher ups from campus.

After Dinner we break up into small groups led by current MC students who will let you know the ins and outs of campus from a student’s perspective.  Also during this time you will meet other incoming MC students in a less overwhelming setting.

Once  you have met a few friends in your orientation group you will be set up for a great time in the Piazza where there will be a live band (one of MC’s favorites: Heavens to Betsy) and the Healthplex will be open so you can also get your game on there.

 Party it up on the Piazza and then we will call it a night.


Orientation: Day 2

With an early start this morning is essentially when you  begin your college career.  After breakfast and a morning session in Swor, you will have the opportunity to meet you Academic Adviser who will guide you through the next four years of college.  This is your opportunity to pick your classes and to ask plenty of questions about the upcoming school year and the path to receiving your major.  Don’t forget to sign up for Chapel!

Also you will receive your 1st MC id.  Dress your best, because no matter how hard you plead you wont be receiving a new picture for the next four years.  Don’t lose this id because it will be your lifeline during your time here, it is how you buy your meals, get into your dorm, buy books in the bookstore, access to plenty of discounts around Clinton, and has tons of points for yummy coffee from Tuscany’s!

What to Bring: 

Now that you know what to prepare for packing will be a little easier but here are some tips from the pros who have survived orientations of the past.

Taylor “Don’t forget your towels, or you might have to get really creative and loan some from the hotel your parents are staying in!”

JJ “Bring your necessary toiletries, face wash, toothbrush, and don’t forget your pillow and  linens for the bed!”

SO here is a little list we have compiled for our more unprepared students:

  • Extra long sheets, or a sleeping bag.
  • Your most favorite travel worthy pillow.
  • Toiletries and shower supplies.
  • Towels.
  • Comfy/Cute clothes.  Plan for hot hot hot weather.
  • PJ’s.
  • A dependable alarm.
  • Flips flops for the showers.
  • Healthplex Gear (athletic clothes and shoes).

Don’t worry about where to go when you get here, another blog will come soon about parking and details to check in, we want you to succeed!!


PS- All of you incoming students need to register and let us know that you’re coming!

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