5 things to take away from orientation at AIS

Starting your studies? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Orientation for semester one is coming up at Auckland Institute of Studies (January 25-27), and it's the start of an exciting new chapter of your life. Whether you've already done tertiary study before or are just starting out fresh, it's highly recommended that you attend orientation to best get acquainted with the campus and obtain some course advice.

Of course, it can be super overwhelming getting used to all these terms, dates and important info that everyone throws at you. To make matters simpler, here are five key takeaways that you need to remember.

Make new friends

Remember – you're not the only newbie to AIS.

Think about it – you're not the only new face during orientation, let alone first week of the semester. Also, you're likely not the only one that is a little nervous. A key point to takeaway from orientation is that many others are in the same boat as you! This is as much a social phase of your life as an academic one, and trust us, having people there to share your stress and achievements along the way will make your years of study much easier.

Take advantage of the moment and strike up friendships with other people around you. They don't necessarily have to be attending the same course as you – sometimes, all you need is a lunch buddy.

Having people alongside your study journey can be indispensable.Having people alongside your study journey can be indispensable.

Ask questions

One of the key points to attending orientation is because it offers you the chance to ask questions before your course starts. This isn't an opportunity only limited to orientation, of course.

Whenever you have any queries or are confused about anything, chances are you're not the first student to have asked. Reach out to friends or leaders you met during orientation, or contact student support services. There are people specifically there just to help you out, and no question is too small to ask.

Immerse yourself in extracurricular activities

Studying is more than just hunkering down in textbooks and past exam papers – it can be fun too! Orientation is a great way to find out what else there is to join that's not necessarily academic-related. Have a look at what clubs there are and what events are coming up. Then, gather your newly found friends to join a club or two!

You can also make friends this way who share the same passions and interests as you. If you can't tell by now, establishing social relationships is definitely one of the top recommendations for learning support.

Remember where your classes are

Orientation is a great way to get used to your campus.

Firstly, know which campus your industry-related courses are held on. Try your best to remember key buildings and areas during your orientation tour, because during your first week, you don't want to get lost!

It can be especially confusing if you're new to the country as well and not so confident with speaking English. This is why we highly recommend you attend orientation, however, if you happened to miss out, don't hesitate to ask for directions – everyone will be finding their feet in the first week, and you may even meet someone heading in the same direction.

Learn what the Auckland Institute of Studies values are

Last but not least, orientation is held so that students and parents alike can get a first-hand experience of what the culture is like at AIS. There are certain core values that are important to the teaching curriculum, and orientation is the first chance for you to taste a sliver of this essence.

Our faculty prides itself on providing quality education in a supportive environment. Additionally, our courses aim to offer individual focus based on real-world success.

Hopefully, you're able to attend at least one of the three days of orientation. However, it's not the end of the world if you do have prior commitments, and in that case, make sure you keep these five tips in mind. For any other questions, get in touch with the team at AIS today.