One of our student organization leaders answered some questions about what to expect at LSU Orientations and how to get the most out of them. Thanks Dustin!
1. What should new LSU students expect at orientation?
I came to orientation with two friends who were pursuing majors completely different from engineering. When you get here, you are placed in a group of students with either the same major or one similar to yours. So the first day I was in a group of complete strangers that I had never met because I’m from Small Town, Louisiana. This group will quickly transform from complete strangers to your first family here at LSU. You will quickly bond and become friends with these people as you schedule classes together, eat lunch together, and experience all that LSU has to offer.
2. What was your experience like at orientation? Was is about how you expected it to be or did some things surprise you?
I was invited to Spring Invitational (SPIN) as a Senior in high school, so my orientation experience was slightly different than the normal summer sessions. I was able to see the campus in all of its hustle and bustle. I expected things to be crazy, hectic, and to be honest I expected to get lost once or twice (full disclosure: I did get lost once…but I found my way back with the LSU app!). What I didn’t expect was to make friends that lasted me for years after, meeting the person who would become my future roommate and friend, and finding organizations and groups that would help me to acclimate and grow as a student and a leader at LSU.
3. What was the most valuable thing you learned at orientation?
I would have to say the most valuable thing that I learned at orientation was to not be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know the answer to something and you never ask, you may miss out on some incredible opportunities. If I hadn’t asked a stranger how to get to the free jambalaya lunch, I probably never would have met the guy who became my freshman year roommate.
4. Do you have any tips for students about how to get the most out of orientation?
If I could give advice to incoming students for orientation:
- Don’t be afraid to make new friends
- Step out of your comfort zone – LSU is full of people to meet and places to see
- Join an organization that interests you
- Have fun!
5. Is there any “insider info” you would give to incoming students?
Look into your major’s professional academic organization. For instance, for industrial engineering, that’s the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. By getting involved with this chapter, I was able to make a ton of friends in all of my classes, secure an internship with Procter and Gamble this summer, and work closely with my professors and peers to help improve the industrial engineering program for future students.
Bonus: Insomnia cookies and pita pit are great for late night snacks, especially if you live on campus!
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Erath, LA
Student Org: IISE President