Monday, July 21, 2014

Some Tips for ISO: What to expect during orientation!

Orientation is a very exciting time for new international students! This is when you will get to meet other international students, your IPAs (international peer advisers), and other PLU staff members. You will also get to adjust to your new homes in the residence halls and listen advice that others have to help you succeed at PLU. In order for you to make the most out of orientation, here are some tips!

1. Participate in the social activities
There are several activities organized during orientation that helps you get to know other new international students and make friends. Take advantage of these and have fun! You will have the opportunity to go bowling, explore downtown Tacoma, and do other fun things, so make sure you go to these activities.

2. Be ready to ask questions
You will be hearing a lot of new information during orientation, and we know that could get a little overwhelming. Be ready to ask questions, especially because most of the IPAs know exactly what you're going through (I swear we're a friendly group of people :D). We can help you by answering questions about campus policies, what it's like to be a student, the public transportation, getting a phone, and many other topics!

3. Make connections with staff members
You will also have a few opportunities to meet PLU staff members and professors during orientation. Get to know these people and talk to them, since they want to help you and get to know you as well. Plus, you will see them and possibly interact with them during the school year, since you will be meeting academic advisers, residential life staff, professors, etc. 

4. Tune into our social media before orientation
 If you are wanting to see pictures of past orientations or get the latest news on PLU International Students, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! We post reminders for things that need to be done before orientation, advice for studying in the U.S., and lot of other things! Like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at