Tag Archives: orientation

Looking Ahead in the Present

RJ and the kid are ready!

RJ and the kid take a break before the first-day sessions started.

Talk about your whirlwinds!

It seems like the last couple weeks have been so jam-packed that they’re pretty much a blur. I went from picking up my mom from the airport on June 6 to my younger son’s emotional high school graduation on June 8 to the all-night ProGrad afterwards to dropping Mom off at the airport the following Monday.

But there was no rest for the weary, because Sam Houston State’s orientation beckoned for the kid and his roommate, RJ (who he’s known since kindergarten), last Thursday and Friday. This, of course, is my second rodeo, but I was curious to see how SHSU’s version differed from UTSA’s.

The campus looked green and lush.

The campus looked green and lush.

The boys and I headed up to Huntsville to learn what to expect when they move into their dorm and start classes in late August. It was very educational (pun intended)! For most of the sessions, parents and students were separate. I was impressed with the information we heard and the heartfelt emotion displayed by orientation leaders, administrators, teachers, and staff. It sounds like the boys will be in good hands.

Big Sam Houston watches over the boys.

Big Sam Houston watches over the boys.

Orientation is about possibilities. It’s about looking ahead to hopefully a wonderful college experience from today until August 25, when they move into their dorm, Sam Houston Village. For the class of 2017, the road ahead seems long, winding, uncertain, and exciting.

I would say that for these two roommates, they’re ready to take that first step, thanks to orientation.