RIO GRANDE — University of Rio Grande’s Admissions Department hosted a new student orientation session late last week to introduce incoming students to the university.
Kristie Russell, director of admissions, said the event helps students feel more prepared to start their first semesters.
“Orientation is important for students to attend because they can learn a lot of valuable information from our different offices. We give them detailed information to make their transition to campus life go smoothly, let them ask questions about the university and schedule their classes,” Russell said. “It’s a unique opportunity for them to learn the ropes of Rio before they begin classes.”
New student Stanlyn Watson said she came to orientation to learn more about life at Rio and help her transition into a new university and a new town.
“I’m coming to Rio to start a new career path. I’ve also just moved to the area, and this orientation has helped me learn a little more about both Rio and the area surrounding the university,” Watson said. “Everybody explained things so well. Coming here from other colleges is so different, and now I feel more prepared to start classes next week.”
New student orientation also provides parents with an opportunity to learn about the campus. Teresa Mease, of Newark, said attending the orientation made her more comfortable with the idea of her son studying two and a half hours away from home.
“I wanted to check out the area and what the school has to offer. Everyone seems really interested in our children’s educations and the small class sizes emphasize that,” Mease said. “The security system is great and I like that I don’t have to worry so much knowing my son is on a really safe and close campus. I feel better after coming here and getting to experience the university.”
URG began its spring semester classes Monday.
Jessica Patterson is a communication specialist with the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.