Neumont University's Freshman Orientation is more than moving into housing and picking up laptops. (Although we love those days too!) After families leave and freshmen settle into their new apartments, they get to work. All freshmen start their career at Neumont University with Freshman Seminar. It's a week-long course that will continue throughout their first quarter designed to help students learn their way around Neumont and Salt Lake City. Some of the best moments from the course are captured during Week Zero.
Activities during this week range from academic lectures to panel discussions to scavenger hunts around downtown Salt Lake City. These activties are focused on team-building and mentorship. Freshmen get to know each other, their Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors, and Advocates before classes officially start so when the time to ask for help arrives freshmen know where to turn and feel comfortable too.
To kick things off, Peer Leaders headed up a networking activity to help students get to know one another. After playing a chaotic game, students were invited to game with each other focusing on board and card games with a free download of DubWars from Neumont's Enterprise Project partner Mura Interactive.
Students competed in a scavenger hunt throughout downtown Salt Lake City. They were divided into teams and tasked with photographing landmarks and art within a few blocks of the university's main campus. The search took them to a few of downtown's most popular destinations including City Creek Center, The Gateway Mall, Vivint SmartHome Arena, and Gallivan Plaza.
Then freshmen gathered to hear from senior students who shared their advice on failure and success at Neumont University. USG President John Ngo encouraged students to get involved in their community and to count on discipline, not motivation, to get them through the tough days. BSCS Student Dia Brown shared her experiences of failing and trying again and again until finally she is set to graduate. Other student panelists included BSIS Student and Peer Leader Trystan Orr, BSCS Student and Student Ambassador Maciej Smusez, and BSWD Student Brain Roadifer.