Orientation. It’s the time when you officially go from being a high school graduate to a college freshman. When you pick out your classes for the first semester of college.When you sleep in a dorm and eat in the Caf for the first time. When you might even meet a roommate. Orientation is a very important two days, so when I signed up for Bulldog Days, I was just as nervous as I was excited!
Orientation is also important because it is the time when you realize whether or not you made the right decision about where to go to school. But for me, as soon as I pulled into Samford and saw all the excited orientation leaders and Samford staff ready to greet me, I had an immediate peace that I am where I am supposed to be.
What I really enjoyed about Bulldog Days was getting up close and personal with all things Samford for two days. I was immersed in Samford campus life, traditions, academics, student organizations, and everything in between!
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I realized that even though I would get a lot of information, I would also have a lot of fun! The orientation leaders (OL’s) are there to make your experience completely awesome, and a lot of the people who are in your orientation group you will see around campus once school starts,which is really cool. You can go into college and already have some friends waiting.
For me, the highlights of orientation were getting to know the Samford campus, hearing about opportunities to get involved, and making my first friends at Samford. It was also nice to finally have my schedule. In high school, I didn’t have the option of picking out the times for my classes and was restricted on what I could take, but here you can lay out your schedule with the help of your academic advisor.
By the time I left orientation, I was so excited to be a Samford Bulldog! Once you realize all you have to look forward to, it’s hard not to be excited to come to Samford.