QL Orientation 2015: Get Excited
Inflatable games. Pizza parties. Karaoke. Gala. Themed everything.
You may think that you’ve outgrown these things, and you’re probably right.
At first, law school feels like high school all over again. The pressure to quickly make friends is inevitable, but don’t let that deter you. Queen’s Law Orientation is a grown-up version of the orientation you remember from undergrad. The connections you make here are important. Queen’s Law Orientation is unique—it is a chance to indulge, be silly, start fresh, and have fun with your future colleagues in an environment where there is no judgment.
Orientation is an exciting, overwhelming flurry of activity. You follow your leaders from one event to another, sometimes in costume, always charged with adrenaline and ready to take on something new. This week sets the tone for your time at Queen’s Law—our community is intelligent, welcoming, and engaging.
It can be overwhelming if you try to take it in all at once. Between the excitement and chaos of starting something new and the fear of missing out, you may be tempted to go to absolutely every event or to skip it entirely.
Last year I almost decided not to attend the Law Games. I have never been athletically inclined, and the idea of running around all day and playing outdoor games didn’t appeal to me. I acted on a whim and went with someone from my orientation team. In the end it was the highlight of my week. Competing in an inflatable obstacle course with my team was surprisingly engaging and fun. My initial apprehension disappeared immediately, and I haven’t looked back since.
My advice is to take it easy. This is law school—it’s going to be stressful, confusing, and a little crazy. But it’s also exciting. Law school makes you grow faster and learn more about yourself than you would have ever thought possible, especially in those first few months. Nothing makes people bond faster than being thrust into a new, challenging, and dynamic environment together.
Whether you are excited or apprehensive about Orientation, you have nothing to lose by participating in the festivities. You might be tempted to not partake in social activities during the school year and instead focus entirely on academics. If so, take advantage of the first week of orientation, which is before classes start. Later in the year, your bond with your peers, leaders, and other upper-years will provide you with the support and encouragement you need for academic success.
Orientation starts a week before classes do. But make no mistake—your upper-year mentors are excited to be here. The application and interview process to be a part of the Orientation team is rigorous, and the committee has worked hard all summer to make sure this is the best orientation yet. Your leaders, core, and committee are all here to make sure you have a great time. Queen’s Law Orientation has been designed to guide you through and to help you feel comfortable during the transition to your new home: Queen’s, the Queen’s Law community, and the City of Kingston.
So get involved, but feel no pressure. Go to events that appeal to you. Give everyone a chance, and play it by ear. The most important thing you’ll take from Orientation is this: here at Queen’s Law, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We love having good old-fashioned, silly fun. And we can’t wait for all of you to be a part of it.
Welcome to Queen’s Law, 1Ls. Orientation starts on September 1st.
Katie Ling is a contributor to Juris Diction. She is in 2L and is Events Co-Chair for Queen’s Law Orientation.