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ERIC Number: ED040444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Pages: 16
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S.O.S. For the Orientation Committee, State University College at Oswego.
Schell, Robert E.
The purpose of this report is to aid those involved in the orientation of freshmen by providing insights about expectations and myths that entering students bring to campus. The author suggests that the best, but impossible method of understanding the entering freshman would be a personal interview. An alternate approach is the Student Orientation Survey, a compilation of 31 incomplete sentences about college life and the entering freshmen. The survey was administered during summer orientation programs throughout the state of 155 randomly selected freshmen and their responses summarized. No single generalization is made, but the results include the students' reasons for entering college: (1) training for a vocation; (2) being better able to cope with life; (3) becoming more educated; and (4) achieving success. Their expectations are also recorded: (1) anticipating change in the environment; (2) learning how to adjust to the change; (3) hoping for understanding professors; and (4) expecting to reduce their disorientation. Also presented are some immediate personal problems which freshmen feel they must solve. (Author/MC)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Oswego. Coll. at Oswego.