By Casey S. Elliott
New students to Ohio University are getting their bearings through Bobcat Student Orientation, attempting to absorb information on campus life, housing, academics, recreation and more.
From taking placement tests to scheduling classes during Bobcat Student Orientation, incoming students also are learning where to get their basic needs met. That is where the Resource Fair at Baker University Center comes in, which offers information on everything from academics and campus groups to facilities.
More than 4,000 new or transferring students will go through this year's orientation, which runs through Aug. 15. During a recent stop at the fair, Outlook talked with students about their concerns as well as with representatives of campus groups presenting at the fair.
For many students, leaving home for the first time is a big worry.
"I need to learn how to do laundry," joked incoming freshman Katie Chicotel. The Findlay resident said she was most concerned about "not having someone to look after her" but is hopeful that her roommates and new friends will help her make it through her first year.
Incoming freshman Chris Polczinski said he is looking forward to getting away from the nest and exploring the campus. But academics are his biggest concern.
"In high school, we didn't have to study too much," the West Jefferson resident said.
Polczinski and other students have plenty of resources at Ohio University to help them succeed. The Academic Advancement Center offers study tips, tutoring and information about courses to enhance basic skills. For more information, visit the center's Web site at www.ohio.edu/aac/.
Other students are taking time now to find their way around campus, focusing on making sure they do not get lost. Mandi Homan, from Mason, Ohio, said she is keeping maps handy and familiarizing herself with how to get from her residence hall to her classes.
For new and returning students, the following are some good places to get questions answered.
Ohio University student services and information are compiled in one specific spot: The student page on the university Web site. The site includes links for class scheduling, graduation, dining services, housing, e-mail, transportation and safety, Alden Library and more. Visit www.ohio.edu/students/.
A number of student organizations and groups, ranging from Student Senate to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, have information available from the main student page. For reference, here are some links to those organizations.
Academics and Career
The following are a few extra resources for academic support and career counseling:
Health and Safety
To promote student health and safety, Ohio University provides the following resources: