First off, good morning! It’s about 7 A.M (too early if you ask me), but it’s a good way to start my day; don’t you think? Anyway, my name is Korri Woods and I was born and raised in Louisville. I am an MLK Scholar (an offset of the much larger Porter Scholar group), a Cardinal Convent, and an Honors Student. I’ve been through some programs at U of L (i.e. Project B.U.I.L.D) and I’ve driven past the university more times than I can count. That being said, however, I was not prepared for what this university has to offer in terms of academics, personalities, activities, and diversity. Well, maybe the diversity part (the two high schools I attended had over 50 different ethnicities and at least 25 different languages spoken daily between the two), but nothing else! Orientation will be your first “real” look at U of L and what they have to offer, as well as offering a pivotal transitioning point into college.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably still a little bit nervous about the upcoming Fall semester … Ok, I’m more than a little nervous. I am freaking OUT! Like absolutely terrified! Now I don’t have much to fear anymore. Orientation really helped to ease my fears by quite a bit. Not only did I get to meet many new people, but I also had the opportunity to learn about a lot of programs to help students succeed (REACH immediately comes to mind). Besides scheduling, which gave me a migraine a full day before we even signed up for our classes, I had the opportunity to learn about our SOSers, the terms and conditions of my scholarship(s) in more detail, fraternities and sororities, campus activities, student athletics and tickets, and what it truly means to be a Cardinal. If you have any question about U of L, Orientation is the place to get your answers! Literally everything you would need to know is covered. If it’s not, then it’s no problem to ask your SOS Staff member and you will get the help that you need.
Despite the amazing experience that I had, I do feel that I was a little unprepared coming into my Orientation session. Here is a small list of advice I wish someone would have given me before going:
- Bring a pillow and blanket (you were right Jordan!)
- Attend an earlier session (my session was 2nd to last, so I couldn’t pick the classes that I really wanted)
- If you’re commuting from afar, come earlier than necessary
- Check your Cardinal Mail and ULink!
- Collect a loooot of Cardinal Cash!
All and all, whether you’re from Louisville, Prestonsburg (Hi Caitlin!), South Carolina, or even London; Orientation is the place to be. It offers a great transition into college life, it’s an easy way to meet new people, and it’s generally a good time for everyone. If you come prepared to discuss, interact, and have a good time, then you will. If you’re not then too bad; It’s inevitable that you WILL get caught up in the outstanding energy of the diverse group of people that will be there.