Tips Tuesday – Episode Episode 7: All Things O-Week

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

With just under 20 days until the start if O-Week, we felt it was time to pump up the excitement. This is going to be fun!

Tip #1: “LIKE” the O-Week Facebook Page

The 2016 O-Week page is LIVE! We highly recommend following this page to stay up-to-date on the schedule, events, and any Q&A that might be helpful.

Join the discussion and start “virtually” meeting people before you arrive!

A man asking another man, "do you have Facebook?"

Tip #2: Choose Must-Go Events Ahead of Time

The Orientation Week 2016 theme? “I Am A Gryphon”. And there are over 300 events put on by student clubs, departments and groups. Meaning, there’s NO way you’re going to be able to attend them all.

The schedule of events has been published and is broken down by day and time. Review it, learn it, love it and decide which events you can’t miss. Events also don’t need registration as 99% of them are free!
An excited minion raising his hand in the air and smiling.

Tip #3: Follow the O-Week Team on Snapchat

  • Step 1: Open the Snapchat app
  • Step 2: Click on the ghost in the top center of the screen
  • Step 3: Select “Add Friends”
  • Step 4: Select “Add by Username”
  • Step 5: Type “uog_oweek”
Voila! Welcome to the O-Week family.

6 people in a group hug.

Tip #4: Login to StartOnline

StartOnline is the online home for new students and their families. You can find tips and information on everything you need for a successful first year.

Our favorite part is the StartOnline calendar! Not only does it look great (because it does), but it highlights every important date from now until the end of October. It also gives pointers on things to do prior to and during the semester.
4 of the same guy saying "yes!" in excitement.

Tip #5: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

The most IMPORTANT tip we can give you is this one. O-Week kick-starts and sets the tone for your entire university career!

This is the time to do things you would normally be too shy to do. Befriend strangers that could end up being your #bf4l. Dance in Branion Plaza. Join a club. Learn about a new culture. Try Synchonized Swimming (wait, what?). OR, do Yoga in the Arboretum. The opportunities are endless.
Synchronized Swimmers diving into a pool.

Everyone is in the same position you are; away from home, new surroundings, not knowing many people (or any) and nervous for what’s to come. Embrace it! This is the start of the rest of your lives, kids.

We’re excited; are you excited?   

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