Greetings! It's been almost a month since I last posted, mainly because most of September was occupied with Orientation at Anderson! (Since orientation, I feel compelled to use more exclamation points than usual.) It's tough to describe the Anderson Orientation experience in words alone; the best I can do is compare it to a mashup of basic training, summer camp, corporate teambuilding retreat, and fraternity rush--with an actual class, final exam and all, thrown into the mix. All in all, it's pretty busy.
If you want more details on orientation, I recommend you read Ayushman's post on the leadership aspect, Kyle's take on the Odyssey adventure, and Alejandra's description of the team-building fun times. I don't want to spoil all the fun for you prospective Anderson-ites, so I'll just offer the following bits of advice for surviving Anderson orientation with style:
1. You'll need to channel your inner (or outer) extrovert. In the last group post, I wrote that I was worried about eating lunch alone. In fact, nothing happens alone at Anderson Orientation--you are with your assigned section the whole time. The section becomes your new identity, bolstered by the spirit of friendly competition between sections for the coveted Section Cup. The Section Cup is based on the following: a scavenger hunt; fundraising; a skit; and Game Day (a.k.a. the most competitive Pictionary tournament I have ever experienced).
2. You'll need different outfits. This is advice for the entire b-school experience, really, but for orientation alone you'll need the following: A section t-shirt (you'll get this on the first day); your undergrad t-shirt (for undergrad t-shirt day, of course); a UCLA t-shirt (you'll need one, trust me); a business casual outfit (for career day) and a 1980s costume (for the 80s party). Also, for business casual, the more conservative the better--for both men and women this means solid colors/no patterns, no khakis, no open-toed shoes, no bare shoulders, very little jewelry.
3. You'll need your life in order before orientation starts. Orientation is SUPER busy. Skits, games, section cheers, voluntary and mandatory fun times, plus actual homework, means there is very little time to do anything outside of school. Only one day separates orientation from the start of classes,
and you'll need that day for group study time. So make sure you have your laptop computer configured, a place to sleep at night, and whatever else you require to make a life outside of school.
4. You'll need an open mind. Out of a class of nearly 360, I'm certain not everyone loved the ropes course, and I'm pretty sure some secret eye-rolling happened when we had to break out the Legos (again) for a teambuilidng exercise. But like everything in life, you get out of orientation what you put into it. I advise you to check the cynicism at the door and have some fun in class, not just at the parties. Don't be afraid to try something new, like climbing a scary obstacle, improv comedy, or high-stakes dodgeball. Also, don't be afraid to be yourself. Do you have a hidden talent, like breakdancing, singing, or ukulele-playing? I guarantee you will use it during orientation.
Section B Dodgeball Team on Game Day. I'm not in this photo, because I was playing extreme Pictionary at the time. Note that one person is dressed like a kangaroo. You need to attend Anderson Orientation to find out why.
One last note on Orientation--my section, the amazing Section B, won the Section Cup! I'll admit, it was a pretty great feeling. We were quickly warned, however, not to let anyone with mono drink from the actual cup. That seemed to put a slight damper on things.
Now, back to studying!
-Ann Ching, '14
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