On the 23rd, I'll be starting Michigna's pre-orientation program, MAP.
Apparently MAP used to stand for "Minority Access Program," but now it's just "Michigan Access Program" (IE they started letting everyone attend, not just minorities).
This orientation is 2.5 days, and starts a week before the "regular" orientation, but I think I'd have to have been crazy to pass it up.
(1) It's free. They even put you up in a hotel for those 2.5 days if you can't move into your place yet.
(2) You get two chances to meet people and two mock lectures and two chances to sit down with professors and talk about their expectations prior to classes beginning.
(3) As a MAP participant, you continue meeting up with professors and students regularly just to make sure everyone is on the same page academically.
Like, hello? Extra help ALL YEAR LONG just 'cause I show up early?
Sign me up twice!
(I can't believe there are people not attending...but there are! The Assistant Dean of Students actually called me up to pitch the program to me, and I was like, "Form's already in the mail. You'd have to be crazy to pass up an opportunity like this!" And she basically went, "Um, yeah..."