Q:Really with all of this orientation and "events" scheduling before school starts? What are we, 13? I want to relax and roam the campus myself. Not attend these dumb mandatory events.
Let’s take a look at the orientation schedule, which covers nine days! Of these nine days, there are also nine mandatory events. (The writing placement test, though it’s listed multiple times, you only go to once.)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Orientation Fair (Mandatory) This is where you get your keys, your ID, your parking permit, and other necessary stuff to exist on campus comfortably. You aren’t actually there from 8 to noon, that’s just how long it runs. It takes most students about an hour to work through the room.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM; University Boot Camp & Survival Skills (Mandatory) Academic advising stuff. How do I manage a college schedule? Who do I talk to about my classes, if I want to add or drop things? What are the attendance rules?
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Department Meetings (Mandatory) Your teachers tell you how to prepare for what’s coming next. For some of the departments, including Theatre and CMP, this is SUPER IMPORTANT, because it involves audition info! For Film and Photo, this is where you pick up your cameras! Plus, you get to meet all your fellow freshmen studying the same subject, in one room, all together.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Alcohol Awareness Session (Mandatory) Part of a federally mandated, nation-wide movement.
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Community Focus Day (Mandatory) This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the community, bond a little with your classmates, and help some other people in need. It also ends up being a LOT of fun!
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Student Life Orientation How do you get involved in a club? How do you start your own? What are the rules for living in the dorms? How do a settle a conflict with my roommate, what if I get sick, and so forth.
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM; Residential Hall Meetings (Mandatory) and 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM; RA Skits (Mandatory) This is where you formally meet your dorm-family. You learn what an RA’s role is, what they’re there for, where to go if you need help, that kind of thing.
So that’s it. Those are all the mandatory events. You’ll have plenty of time to chill out and be solitary - to explore the campus on your own and discover all its weird little secrets. But not everyone feels as self sufficient as you about leaving home - some people get scared - so we provide some structure for the first week, so that they feel like they have a place to go, right away, if they want to engage with some people. That’s why all the activities are NOT mandatory.
Wanting company or structure to work through a transition doesn’t make you 13. It just makes everybody different. An important part of coming to college is having an open mind - try having a little compassion and sympathy for the people who are comforted by these activities, and you might find yourself enjoying some things you weren’t expecting.
The Bandit Zine's 1st Annual Feminist Film Fest: NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!
We are seeking short film(s) from or featuring feminist-identified and/or female-identified filmmakers until August 18th.
Professionals, amateurs, students, and community members locally, nationally and internationally are welcome to submit. The film fest will be held at an independent theater in Grand Rapids, MI (home of ArtPrize) on September 21st, 2014.
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We’ve talked a lot about how WGN America’s new series, Manhattan, has been filming on our campus - here are some shots of buildings that they transformed right at SFUAD! From our WWII barracks to buildings just around the corner from the music department, it’s hard to miss. Dozens of our students and alumni have become involved as extras, speaking-role-characters, and crew members. Catch the first episode on Sunday, July 27!
We just wanted to showcase the insane beauty of the fire show from the ArtFest14 opening ceremony last week - these daredevils really know their stuff! Framed by the ethereal projections of Outdoor Vision Fest, it was a night to remember.
Can we talk for a minute about how eighteennomore has the best ArtFest14 photography we’ve seen so far.