If you happened to drive by the campus green last week, you might have seen groups of new students participating in activities here on campus. I believe that this year’s new student orientation theme, “The World Starts Today, Have No Fear,” reflects the mixed feelings that students (and their parents!) have about attending college.
Through these orientations, our goal is to provide students with a sense of what it is really like to attend Nichols. Students attend sessions ranging from “Bison Success 101” to Group Activities (aka “Fear in a Bag”). Parents and families attend sessions such as “Supporting Student Success” (with tips on how to avoid becoming a “helicopter parent”) to “The Nichols Advantage,” where parents learn about our signature Professional Development Seminar Program (PDS) and our unique Cultural Enrichment credits. We want to instill our new students with a sense of confidence and excitement as they join the class of 2016, the group that will help us begin our third century of focusing on student success (the class of 2015 is our “Bison”tennial class!).
We have a total of five orientation sessions scheduled for first-year and transfer students. Welcome first-year students!