New Student Orientation is fast approaching and the department of Residential Life could
not be more excited to welcome new students into the residence halls and meet parents in just a few weeks.
New Student Orientation can be both an exciting time and stressful time for new students. For most new students, orientation is the perfect time to meet their fellow classmates, learn more about the city they will call home for the next four years, and an opportunity to get a feel for what it will be like to live away from home and with a roommate. However, some new students are unsure of what to expect at orientation and worried about making a good and lasting impression on their fellow class and Loyola faculty/staff.
As a recent graduating senior as past orientation leader, I can help put your mind at ease about what to during orientation and answer a few questions that you may have both about orientation and residential life.
1. What should I expect during orientation?
New Student Orientation is a 3 day experience in which new student and their parents will have the opportunity to learn more about Loyola University New Orleans, including academics, campus resources, student organizations, campus activities, residential life, campus dinning and much more! There will be plenty of fun activities for new students as well in order to get to know their fellow classmates.
2. What do I pack for orientation?
We suggest packing comfortable clothing and shoes for orientation, since you will have long fun filled days. We also suggest bringing athletic attire if you would like to continue your exercise routine during orientation. Most importantly, we recommend bringing a rain jacket or umbrella for the New Orleans unpredictable weather. There is no need to bring towels or bedding. This will be provided.
3. Will my orientation roommate be my during the fall/spring semesters?
Your orientation roommate will not necessarily be your roommate during the fall/springsemester. However, if you all would like to become roommates during the fall/ spring semester, contact the Office of Residential Life at (504) 865-2445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. What is a themed living community and is it too late to apply for a themed living community?
Themed Living Communities (TLCs) are “packs” of students intentionally brought together around a common purpose in order to form a deeper understanding of values, discover their passions, and become more invested in the campus community. These communities include LEAD, Honors, Spark, and HOWL. The deadline to apply for a themed living community is July 1.
5. Quick adjustment tips to residential life (to use during orientation).
- After orientation events, spend time in the residential lounges with fellow new students in order to get to know each other better! Bring along card games to play together in the lounges.
- Remember that you are sharing the bathroom with other students. Do not leave belongings behind and please be respectful of other’s time when using the showers. Everyone will be on the same schedule during orientation. Shower at night if you want to avoid being late to orientation events.
- Don’t hesitate to have a conversation with your orientation roommate about your sleep habits. It is important that you all feel comfortable and get a good nights sleep during orientation.
- Don’t lose your room keys during orientation or forget to lock your door. Attach keys to a lanyard to avoid losing them. Don’t have one? Pick one up in the University Bookstore in the Danna Student Center.
6. Why you should stay on campus during orientation even if plan to be a commuter student?
If you plan to be a commuter student but are not 100% sure, orientation is the perfect opportunity to explore residential life. Even if you are certain of your decision to be a commuter student, you should still stay on campus so that you can familiarize yourself with campus and in order to mingle with other new students.