September 09, 2011 |

pioneerblog-orientationDaniels takes Orientation Week (Daniels Start) very seriously.  I have spent more than twenty hours over the past few days learning everything from how to be an effective intercultural communicator to how to create a pivot table in Excel.  Here are my tips on making the most of your orientation:

1.)    Come hungry.  Saying that there is a lot of food at orientation is an understatement.  Bacon-wrapped filet mignon, bruschetta, Southwestern chicken wraps, quiche, chocolate chip muffins, and brownies are just the tip of the cornucopia you will enjoy during meals and breaks.

2.)    Do your homework.  Take the assigned tests and complete your readings so that you can be an active participant in the orientation sessions.

3.)    Bring questions.  You will be surrounded by current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and prospective employers who have all of the answers (and if they don’t, they know someone who does).

4.)    Attend as many of the optional sessions as you can.  This is your chance to learn about all the myriad of programs that are available to Daniels students, from City Treks to the Executive Mentor Program.  You will also have opportunities to brush up on your skills in accounting, statistics, Excel, and more.

5.)    Network.  At orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet students from all of the graduate programs at Daniels.  Everyone is new to Daniels and is excited to meet new people and make new connections.

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