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Orientation Tips from Undergraduate Studies Students

With summer orientation upon us, we asked School of Undergraduate Studies students to reflect on their experiences at orientation and offer their best advice. Read their tips as you prepare to visit the Forty Acres this summer.

Hifza Hamid – UGS Ambassador, Discovery Scholars Program

  • Dress comfortably! You will be doing a lot of walking on campus, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the heat.
  • Avoid lines and get your UT ID early. It can take up to an hour, depending on the line. Try to go after check-in if you have time.
  • Remember that you are the best of the best attending The University of Texas at Austin, so have fun during orientation and enjoy these next four years!

Aneeque Baqai – UGS Ambassador, FIG Mentor

  • Make an effort to meet new people. It makes the whole orientation process a lot easier. I know there’s a chance you might never see these people again, but there’s also a chance you might meet your future best friend.

Natalie Pang – UGS Liaison, FIG Mentor

  • I realized it’s best to not worry and just go with the flow of orientation. Some things won’t go according to plan, but that’s okay!
  • I wish I went to more events. I was so tired after a full day, so I went to bed almost immediately. I wish I met more people during the late-night social events.

Michael Pontikes – UGS Council President, FIG Mentor

  • If you are interested in transferring into a specific major, look at the internal transfer information for the college before you go to orientation. Your advisor will go over it with you, but it’s always good to be prepared.
  • Remember to have fun. You will spend a lot of time at orientation learning about UT, but it is also the best time to meet your fellow classmates and start making connections.

Meagan O’Brien – UGS Liaison, FIG Mentor

  • Due to my family’s travel plans, I ended up going to late orientation in August. I was panicking and felt rushed because classes started less than a week from my orientation start date! But, my advice from academic advisors helped – they are a great resource. Ask them questions! Also, if you find yourself at late orientation, be sure to prepare. Look up the course schedule, read course descriptions, and learn about different professors.

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