A Little Bit of Background
As some of you already know, I’ve recently moved to Pittsburgh go pursue a Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University. As I’m learning more and more everyday about what I call the “American campus culture”, I wanted to share with you my experience during orientation week at Heinz College (which is held the week directly preceding start of classes in the fall), from the perspective of someone who has never experienced such a thing before.
For those not used to the concept (just like me, a few days ago), orientation week aims to introduce new students to the school where they will spend most of their time in the coming year. What you probably don’t know, and what I wasn’t expecting, is that orientation is much more than lectures about how to use the university printers, and where police offices are located on campus (not that this doesn’t matter!). It’s a much more lively, and richer experience… at least it was for me.
Orientation at CMU Heinz College, included a scavenger hunt all over the city of Pittsburgh, a challenging afternoon at Camp Guyasuta, a social innovation competition and an interactive workshop on diversity.
I have tried to put most of what I learned in perspective: