AUN ORIENTATION PROGRAM: AN OVERVIEW
We understand how acceptance into a university and beginning a new life comes with the fear of the unknown. However, leaving home for university is a lot more fun. It means you will be exploring a new place, making new friends and family, learning independence, and setting your own priorities. Yes, you are going to face enormous changes in a small amount of time--this can be both exciting and challenging. Years of experience have shown us that getting off to a great start at AUN includes attending the New Student Orientation.
The AUN Orientation program is designed to provide support to new students as they begin to lay the foundation toward a new academic and social life at our university. It creates the opportunity to:
- Learn AUN values and get informed about university life.
- Find your way around the campus and check into residences.
- Foster and develop valuable friendships and connections that will boost academic success.
- Familiarize yourself with support services.
- Learn about student advising and enroll for semester courses.
- Get settled and begin classes promptly—January 21.
The orientation program also provides the opportunity to experience the special nature of the undergraduate student life in a typical American-style institution. Orientation at AUN is managed by faculty and staff members but coordinated by student volunteers. These volunteers are available to make you feel at home, answer your questions, address your concerns, and share in your excitement.
Orientation days provide you the required knowledge and skills to effectively manage your life as a university student and get you off to a good start. It’s your life, but we are here to help you live it better through hard work, fun, and life-changing opportunities. We are glad to welcome you to university life and we are certain that you will love the AUN experience.
Spring 2020 semester Orientation for new undergraduate students begins January 14 with arrival to campus and for graduate students, January 18.
SIX TIPS TO SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION
Following these six tips should make your transition process more manageable and productive:
01 Plan to arrive on campus early. Arriving at the University campus early for the Orientation is an all-important step every new student should take for a successful transition. Remember, many activities are planned for you, and these activities are to help you in your transition to American-style university life and study.
02 Remember that all of you are new students. If you're feeling shy, not sure how to approach people, or completely overwhelmed with the sheer number of students on campus, keep in mind that almost all new students are a little confused.
03 Ensure you do your logistics-based tasks. Getting your student ID card, registering in a club of your choice, checking in to your residence hall, creating a school email and username, and registering for classes are the building blocks for the rest of your university experience. Get them settled as soon as possible. There is always help available.
04 Don’t miss your placement exams. This is an all-important examination and prerequisite for course registration. See your Orientation Schedule.
05 Attend as many activities as possible. Consider this: would you rather learn how to use the library, navigate around campus, and get acquainted with AUN’s Code of Conduct now, while relaxed and meeting new people, or later in the semester when you are stressed, tired, and backed up against a deadline for your class work? All of our orientation activities are planned to help your transition be smooth and stress free, to help you succeed.
06 Ask for help when - not if - you need it. Everyone on campus - staff, students, and faculty - knows that now is a time for learning new things and getting oriented. If you are not sure about something, don’t be shy. Make sure to just ask someone.
Don’t worry, in a few days of your arrival on campus, you will be so familiar with campus life that the campus will feel like your second home.