All sessions of New Student Orientation (NSO) have come to an end. We hope everyone who attended had a great time and developed a greater understanding of the campus community. Here is a quick rundown of New Student Orientation events.
The morning starts with breakfast at the Resource Fair followed by the Welcome Address. Then begins Team Time! Team time is when new students meet their Orientation Leader, get to know some of their classmates, play some icebreaker games and participate in the Flag Activity. An annual event, Flag Activity has students and their Orientation Leaders talk about things that are important to them and similarities and differences in the group. From this discussion, the whole group designs a flag with the Wentworth Orientation logo. These flags are then displayed on campus when they come back in the Fall.
The afternoon starts with lunch, proceeded by presentations on different resources and offices on campus. Students then sit in on an Academic Breakout Session. Here they get a chance to get to know faculty in their department and talk with students in their major. Parents then say goodbye to their children and students get back together with their Team for more activities. One activity called “Fear in a Bag” involves students writing down any questions they have about coming to campus in the Fall. These questions are put in a bag, picked out at random and addressed accordingly. Some questions include”Where are the best places to get something to eat around campus?”, “What is it like living in the city?” and “Advice on time management.”
At night there is a dynamic presentation by a public speaker. This year was Michael Miller, a previous Wentworth staff member (Check out more about Michael Miller here). After the presentation, there are several night time activities. Here new students can hang out, have fun and get to know each other. Games are set up like Spikeball, Kan Jam, Mario Kart and Ping Pong and of course, since no good event is complete without one, a photo booth is available to capture all the fun students are having with their new friends.
The next day starts with a morning wake-up call by the Orientation Staff followed by breakfast. After breakfast, students begin their day with a Community at WIT presentation. Then students proceed to breakout sessions about various topics that they get to pick (Examples this year were Project 40, the Fitness Center (FIT at WIT), Co-ops, Living on Campus, Diversity and Social Justice, and the Technology Sandbox. Students then speak to their advisers who assist them register for classes. Last, students attend an activities fair where students meet representatives from different clubs across campus.
Transfer students may have attended NSO, but their is also a specific Transfer Student Orientation being held on August 1st. International Student Orientation takes place August 30th-31st.
If you missed New Student Orientation, no need to worry. Wentworth Opening Week (WOW), running September 1st-September 5th, will cover a lot of the same topics and allow you to get to know your classmates better. Remember WOW week is mandatory for both students living on campus and those who are commuting from home.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.