How to Make the Most of Your High School Orientation

The start of high school is often accompanied by apprehension, excitement, and plenty of questions. Luckily, high school orientation is a great opportunity for students to learn all there is to know about available extracurriculars, where classes are located, and what to expect during the first few weeks of the year. When looking to make the most of your high school orientation, review the day’s schedule, interact with other students, and ensure you bring any necessary items.  

Hoping to start the school year off on the right foot? Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your high school orientation. 

High school orientation tip #1: prepare the evening before 

A bit of preparation the evening before high school orientation can help to calm your nerves and provide you with an idea of what’s to come. Most high schools will give you an orientation schedule, for example. It’s always helpful to be aware of any activities or tasks that will occur during the day, such as getting your school ID picture taken. You might also have to bring some materials with you—set those out the night before so you don’t forget them in the morning. 

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High school orientation tip #2: tackle logistics

High school orientation is a great opportunity to take care of several key tasks, such as:

  • Obtaining your fall class schedule

  • Getting your student ID card

  • Scoping out the location of your classes and locker

  • Setting up a school email address

Remember, teachers and faculty members are there to help you get settled so you can do your best academically. Ask them questions if you have them. Note that the people in the main office are usually very eager to help new students.

High school orientation tip #3: review your schedule

Take time during high school orientation to check out your schedule and note the room numbers of your classes. Then, take some time to tour the campus and find out where your classrooms are, especially in relation to your locker. Be sure to place your class schedule in an easily accessible place, such as your locker or the inside of a binder. This all can help you feel less nervous during your first week of school as you’re figuring everything out. Also locate other important school areas, such as the cafeteria, library, and gym. 

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High school orientation tip #4: interact with other students 

If you don’t know anyone, it’s a great idea to start a conversation with someone new. It’s not as scary as it seems—it can be as simple as asking a question about your new high school or what classes they’re taking. Additionally, many high schools will have older students working at the orientation—ask them any questions you may have or advice they have for you in your first week.  

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High school orientation tip #5: stay positive

Orientation can be nerve-racking, especially in a new school with a plethora of new students. However, remembering that everyone else is new as well can be helpful. Everyone is feeling just as nervous as you, even if you can’t tell. Having a positive attitude can open you up to learning exciting things about your new school and making new friends. It’s going to be a great year, and this orientation will help you learn everything your school has to offer. 

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