As a former crew member and a current captain for Red Raider Orientation, I’ve done my fair share of helping freshman get the most out of their orientation experience. As a Terry scholar, your orientation will be unique, because not only will you be going to your own Terry meeting, but you don’t really have to do much as far as Student Business Services and financial aid goes. My best advice would just be to make the most out of it. Everyone feels weird and awkward and out of place when they show up for orientation, but don’t let it stop you from having fun and participating. RRO is all about 3 things: Consistent Excellence, Intentional Growth, and Meaningful Connections.
Consistent excellence— no matter how tired you might get, its good to go to the panels and sessions and participate so that you’re getting the most information you can possibly get.
Intentional Growth— try things you have never done before, whether that’s registering for an elective or class you’ve never even heard of, starting up a conversation if you aren’t much of a people person, or signing up for a club you didn’t know even existed.
Meaningful connections — talk to everyone! Students, crew, captains, advisors, professors… anyone you can get to stop and listen to you! Now is when you can start developing that network of friends and colleagues for college. Make the most of it!
At RRO we don't really prioritize the ID picture. It's not a big deal considering most people will lose their ID at some point anyways. BUT if you want a cute ID picture, you have an option to upload a photo before coming to Orientation. However if you want to be picture ready you’ll have to get ready before Terry Orientation as you won't have a chance to freshen up much the rest of the day.
As for coming prepared, RRO isn't about the parents at all (sorry not sorry.) Students that come on their own do just fine. I came by myself and was in and out of registration in 15 minutes. Parents should just come prepared to be supportive and let their kids make their OWN decisions.
As far as registration, think logical and you should have no problem. You have to meet with your advisor before anyways. Ask them what core classes you can knock out and find a fun elective. This first semester should not be too challenging and should allow the student to get on their feet. Most advisors will help you with this. If not... again. Be logical. "Whether you think you can handle 16 hours or you think you can't, you're right - Henry Ford". Yes registration is a big deal but the crew is available to help and you have your advisor. It isn't bad at all.
Lastly, if you have questions, ASK THEM. Its better to know now before you get up to Tech for good than show up on your first day not understanding how a meal plan works or something silly. RRO is all about us helping you and believe me, if you think its a silly question, someone has asked it before. We’re here to help you. We WANT to help you, thats why we work orientation! I can’t wait to see y’all there!