Ah, summer orientation. A time for the newest of UT’s brightest to come see campus, get advised on classes for the fall, and, most importantly, peruse presentations by dozens of student organizations. And here I sit, manning the table for my group, bored out of my skull until 5 o’clock rolls around and the herds stampede in.
I never got to go to orientation (I was a summer freshman, everything happened kindof fast once I got admitted) so it wasn’t until I got to work at them that I realized how much we actually do treat the freshmen like cattle at these things. It’s amazing the New Student Services reps don’t carry prods.
Orientation’s especially important for smaller groups like ours. We just started so our recruiting efforts are a bit more desperate. It’s hard to fight for people’s time and attention, especially at events like this.
The thing about orientation is that you have to get the parents. The kids are walking around bewildered but the parents are looking at your displays, scanning your flyers, finding what about you will benefit their child. It’s not easy to get their attention but we are armed with smiles and candy. It worked with Hansel and Gretel…..it might work for us.