Virtual Spring Orientation Schedule - Friday, January 22, 2021
9:00am – Welcome
9:05am - Peer Mentor Meet-ups
- Students meet your Peer Mentor who will work closely with you throughout the session to answer your questions about what it’s really like to be a Drake student. You will also have an opportunity to connect with other new Drake students!
9:30am - Drake ITS and Student Services Center
- Learn how to access and use all of Drake’s information highways and why they are so important to you. In this session, you will also learn the basic functions of the Student Services Center, such as Drake Card functions, Bulldog Bucks management, and Parking Pass purchases.
10:00am – Dive In: Student Involvement at Drake University
As a Bulldog, you have countless opportunities to get involved and make a difference through student organizations, leadership experience, and campus activities. Join us for this interactive session to learn more about the benefits of getting involved outside of the classroom, specific ways to do so at Drake, and how to ensure your out-of-class experience sets you up for social connection, personal fulfillment, and professional success.
10:30am - Breakout Sessions - students can select one of the three sessions below:
- Recreational Services – Recreational Services provide numerous opportunities for you to stay active and building healthy relationships while on campus or attending virtually. We offer a variety of programs and facilities and will take this time to discuss intramurals, wellness, group fitness, and recreation facilities. We will offer both in person and virtual opportunities during the Spring semester.
- Student Accounts and Financial Aid – Next Steps - Learn about the student billing and payment process, how students approve parents to view their student accounts and arrange payment plans, and how scholarships, grants, loans, and work study are finalized and paid to student accounts.
- Academic Achievement– Academic Achievement is extremely important to a student’s success in college. Learning and understanding skills such as time management, good study habits, and reading strategies can be challenging when you are coming into college for the first time. This session aims to help students understand the importance of academic achievement and take some tools to be PROACTIVE for the start of the semester and not REACTIVE.
11:00am - How to be a True Blue Bulldog
- Learn about the services and resources the Professional and Career Development Services office has to offer. In this session, you will also be introduced to the True Blue Skills you will gain throughout your time as a Drake student.
11:30am - College/School Meetings
- An important piece of college is what happens in the classroom. This is your opportunity to find out what you can expect from your college/school and ask any questions you may have.