Students welcomed with new school orientation
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:09
New student orientation greeted students and parents with multiple information sessions and aimed to provide new and transfer students with the necessary tools for academic success at Roosevelt.
Hosting eight daylong sessions, with nearly 100 students in each session, the orientation is mandatory for all new and transfer students. A $35 fee is added to a student’s account that covers the attendance of the student and two parents.
After a light breakfast, students socialized with their peers and received a hearty university welcome. Students were also divided into small groups of six to 12 people while parents stayed behind for a separate session.
Students and parents were given name tags upon checking into orientation with different L lines written on them to help coordinate the groups. New and transfer students were put in separate groups to focus on the needs of different types of students.
Each group had an orientation leader who became their guide to life at Roosevelt. Nine current university students were selected to be orientation leaders last April after filling out an application and going through an interview process. Their job is to interact with student groups, give tours of the campus and answer questions along the way.
Orientation also offers an opportunity for students to engage with their peers and professors while touring the Wabash and Auditorium buildings. It provides students with important information such as the where and when for U-Pass distribution, how to view your class schedule and how to navigate RU Access.
“There are many goals for new student orientation, but on the whole we seek to help students become familiar and knowledgeable regarding our campus, resources, and support offered,” said Elizabeth Choporis, co-director for the Center for Student Involvement.
Choporis said that one of the main objectives of new student orientation is to start a connection with students that can expand through a four-day welcome ceremony known as Laker Days.
Students were also given the chance to try the cafeteria food in the Wabash building for an hour-long lunch before parting ways with their parents again for more sessions. The second half of the day allowed students to pick their own sessions based on what appealed to them.
Gail Concepcion is an orientation leader that helped head the event.
“Orientation can be the most beneficial thing a student can attend because it introduces new students to their new home. Roosevelt University has so much to offer and I personally don’t think enough students take advantage of what’s offered to them enough,” she said. “During orientation, we inform new students of what is offered to them and highly push and encourage them. It’s kind of like we’re saying, ‘Here are the car keys to Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus. Okay. Now drive.’”
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