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Lizzy Smith '22

Lizzy Smith '22

Lizzy Smith '22

Class of 2022
School: Park School of Communication
Major: Communication Management and Design

What is one piece of advice you would give family members who are attending orientation with their student?

If family members are attending orientation, this is a great "training-wheel" period. They may be nervous about their loved one going to college, but orientation is a good way to ease families into giving their student college independence. The students are on their own at orientation, but they know their families are still there if needed. It's a nice cushion between arriving on campus, and leaving them at school.

What myth about orientation would you like to dispel? Why should this myth be busted?

I think some people may be worried that orientation is all extroverted-oriented ice breakers, or all lengthy presentations. In reality, orientation is a good mixture of social events to help create bonds, and also informational sessions where people can relax more. There are built in times to socialize, and built in times to decompress, which is really great.