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How important is orientation?

yodeloyodelo Registered User Posts: 1,074 Senior Member
I'm in the honors college, so the first "honors specific" orientation is June 21st, which means about 7 orientations would be before me.

Is it that important to go to orientation with honors students, or is it better to get classes registered for at an earlier date?
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  • yodeloyodelo Registered User Posts: 1,074 Senior Member
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  • astrophysicsmomastrophysicsmom Registered User Posts: 4,326 Senior Member
    June 21 isn't particularly late, as they open new sections of classes as needed, especially if this is the first honors specific orientation. Since you'll be living near the other students in the honors program, it would be better for meeting people, etc.
  • oceanicoleoceanicole Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    Fairly sure you *have* to go to an Honors date if you're in Honors...
  • herewegocollegesherewegocolleges Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
    Do you guys know if a course listing with teachers for next fall comes out before orientation? And is there anything I should know in advance before I sit with my advisor at orientation?
  • astrophysicsmomastrophysicsmom Registered User Posts: 4,326 Senior Member
    It's on Testudo...

    University of Maryland | Testudo | Schedule of Classes

    I heartily recommend that all students spend some quality time looking at courses, looking at the catalog, and looking up what courses are required for your major. Those people who wait until orientation and expect their advisor to tell them what they should do aren't really taking ownership of their studies...spend some time looking at what courses sound most interesting to you.

    Ourumd.com is a student-written front-end interface that takes info from Testudo, as well as past course grades and input from students RE: professors.... very, very helpful. (keeping in mind that people are MUCH more likely to go out of their way to complain than to say good!things about a professor.
  • efroimefroim Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    My orientation is July 16th... Does it matter how late your orientation is?
  • plumazulplumazul Registered User Posts: 1,744 Senior Member
    ^^ Not unless you wait until the one they do right before classes begin next fall.
    :eek:
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,971 Senior Member
    @astrophysicsmom - as usual, you always offer great advice! I seem to recall you saying your daughter is working orientation...? I am just wondering how difficult it is to get the section you want. If you figure out a potential schedule in advance, it could really get messed up if the section closes before you sign up. Is orientation class sign up done alphabetically, by appointed time slot, or how?

    Thanks again for taking the time to help make things go more smoothly by sharing your experiences! :)
  • whatsmynameewhatsmynamee Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    you don't have to go to honors orientation if you're in honors
    its recommedned but its not hte end of the world
    you just wont be with honors people during the orientation
  • Bornin92Bornin92 Registered User Posts: 332 Member
    If you're trying to sign up for an honors seminar it might be harder if you don't go to honors orientation. I believe they open up a few seats in each one right before each honors registration, so if you go to orientation at some other time you might not find open seats in the honors seminars you want.
  • plumazulplumazul Registered User Posts: 1,744 Senior Member
    ^^ Exactly. If you are in Honors, go to an Honors orientation.
  • astrophysicsmomastrophysicsmom Registered User Posts: 4,326 Senior Member
    Mary, at orientation, students are separated by College and course sign-up is done usually in a group. I would suggest that your daughter have several potential classes identified, so that she can adjust her schedule as needed. She should have a few different scenarios. There may be added sections of courses right before her orientation, so things could change for multiple reasons. Also, although it is a bit unsettling the first time the student does it, the waitlist process is pretty painless. There is always a huge amount of shuffling during the first couple of weeks of school. D2 has been the queen of the waitlist and it has almost always worked out the way she wanted. I think she was on at least one waitlist every time she registered for classes freshman and sophomore year. Sometimes she cleared the waitlist before classes began, and a couple of times she talked to the professor of the class she wanted into, and attended class for the first couple of weeks until she cleared the waitlist.
  • maryversitymaryversity Registered User Posts: 1,971 Senior Member
    Thank you!
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