Every fall quarter, Neumont College of Computer Science welcomes a new cohort of incoming students eager to kick-start their careers in computer science. This year was no different.
The weekend leading up to the first day of Freshman Orientation began with the long-awaited Move-In Day. Students met their roommates for the first time and saw their new apartments. After moving furniture and decorating apartments, students and their families went to Orientation Kickoff in which many students said their goodbyes to their families, and received their new Neumont laptop.
After the weekend, freshmen immediately started their first classes with Freshman Seminar, a specially designed course that helps students get to know, not only their peers and instructors, but Neumont and Salt Lake City.
The schedule for this year’s Freshman Orientation included Freshman Seminar classes in the morning followed by social and group activities in the afternoon. Freshman Orientation is dedicated to helping freshmen learn the ins and outs of Neumont and learning about important resources available to help such as Advocates, Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors, and each other.
Every Freshman Orientation includes a Peer Leader activity in which freshmen join their peer leaders for team-building exercises and icebreaker games. During the week, students participated in many after-class activities that introduced them to Salt Lake City such as going to the Megaplex Gateway for a cheap movie or hiking the city to see the gorgeous views from the Utah State Capitol.
Later in the week, students met at the Salt Lake City Library for a presentation about finding success and resources at Neumont, which was followed by a student panel discussion. Freshman were encouraged to ask for help, manage their time wisely, game less, study more, and learn to manage their finances.
To celebrate the end of Freshman Orientation this fall, the Unified Student Government of Neumont, also known as USG, hosted a “Big Kid Games” night in which stations were set up around the campus to play Giant Jenga, Life-Size Battleship, and an extreme Hungry Hungry Hippos. Students were divided into groups for the games and competed against each other to win prizes.