“Twelve years and you finally made it. Welcome to your first
day of college!”

That is the welcome message from Gordon Hamby, CU Denver student body president, at New Student Orientation sessions.

Approximately 200 incoming freshmen students were in attendance for a recent session — they’re held each Friday during the summer.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Raul Cardenas tells students, “We are very excited for you to be here and you are joining our family”.

Representatives from many of the service centers on campus were on hand to share information their services for students. The topics range from how to be successful in college to staying safe on campus.

Charles Ferguson, associate professor, Biology, also talked to these incoming students. “So this is college…Toto, I don’t think we’re in high school anymore.” Ferguson emphasizes that despite what many students had probably heard over the years, making friends with your professors is a great idea.

Ferguson told the crowd “figure out how you learn, learn from your failures, ask questions often, and allow yourself to be transformed”. Ferguson’s main take away point, “go to class. You will never learn what you need to know from just reading the book; class is your most valuable tool”.

Sam Kim, Director of Orientation for the Office of Student Life said “We have a lot of ice breakers set up so students can get to know each other and know the campus”.

A lot of students were very excited for their first day on campus as
well as getting started on their degrees. “I’m here to expand my education” Alex Yeager a public health major said. “I want a degree so I can make more money!” was shouted by one student in Ferguson’s session.

The new student orientations are going on almost every Friday through June and July. Dates remaining are June 22, July 13, July 20, and July 27, there is also a transfer/graduate student orientation August 14.

Kim said “These orientations are a great way for freshmen to kick off their college careers. They are able to meet people on campus so the first few weeks of school are not as overwhelming”.

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