Making Sense of College Orientation

Freshman year college orientation is a difficult proposition. Given the hundred thousand distractions of moving to a new city and living in a dorm filled with excitable, smart, clueless young people, it’s a miracle I managed to register for fall classes at all when I arrived at Northwestern a handful of years ago.

And when I did get a good tip on which classes to take, what student groups to join, or the frat parties that typically ended in a friendly encounter with the Evanston Police Department, it was almost always through word of mouth from other students after I had exhausted more official communication channels with the university.

This was partly my own fault. But it was largely because I could never find a central info dump that clearly articulated all the practical things I needed to know about student life at Northwestern. Too bad I didn’t have the benefit of Jeff Eiden‘s super helpful playlist on life as an undergrad at NU:

Click through this playlist to learn how to:

  • Plug into student life through clubs, events, publications, sports, and more
  • Register for classes and manage your schedule
  • Pack appropriately for dorm living
  • Get around campus, Evanston, and Chicago
  • Save on textbooks 
  • Belt out the Northwestern fight song

Think your own college or alma mater could use a hand getting their incoming class up to speed? Put together a Learning Playlist on student life using MentorMob! The next batch of bewildered freshmen with thank you.

Charles Perry

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Charles gets fired up about intelligent tech tools for teachers, Chicago in the summer, and space operas. Follow @MentorMob and @CharlesUpTop for the latest in education disruption.
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