Before each summer and fall term, the College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC) participates in a campus-wide New Student Orientation (NSO) event for all incoming freshman and transfer students. And each year, student academic advisors and department heads try to improve the new students’ experiences.
Summer’s NSO occurred June 20-21, just before the term began. The college showed a brand new video for the orientation, featuring each of the department chairs sharing what made their particular department special. Megan Beardall, a student academic advisor, coordinates the CFAC’s orientation meeting.
“This is the new student’s first experience on campus, so there’s usually a lot of excitement, but also nervousness,” Beardall said. “In our meeting we just try to help them get their bearings and settle their nerves.”
Beardall mentioned how she and others in charge of NSO try to improve it each year. The most recent orientation included questions students answered via iClickers. The newcomers were asked, “What are you most excited about this year?” and responses included those of the quintessential BYU experience—hiking up to the Y, attending football games, and so forth.
“The students were excited about most everything, except for American Heritage,” Beardall said with a smile.
This fall semester, NSO will occur August 28-30. Click here for more details.