I've been seeing so many Freshman walking around our campus as part of their orientation, so I figured it was about time to do this post!
Orientation is a time meant for students to get a feel for their surroundings and begin to make friends. Usually, there are a lot of sessions that you will have to attend in order to gain information on the school/what's going on.
The most important part of orientation is being open. Be ready to listen in sessions, and don't be afraid to ask questions. They do orientation for YOU and it's pointless to gain nothing from it. Likewise, go to as many sessions as you can.
I don't know if they do this at all orientations, but our orientation has a lot of games and group activities built in. SOCIALIZE. Don't sit in a corner and hope someone comes to talk to you. And have a good attitude about the games. Be willing to play the name-game no matter how stupid you think it is. The first impression people get of you is a lasting one.
Even if you don't have get-to-know-everyone games, go out of your way to meet people. EVERYONE there is new and looking to make friends, and it's up to YOU to put yourself out there enough and show people that you are interested in making friends. Go to events that are specifically set up as mingling events: Parties, concerts, mixers, etc. GO.
Let me know if you have any other questions about orientation. Our's was a week long right before school started, but I know some people have a two day jam-packed orientation in the summer. Every college is different. Just be open and eager to make friends. Be honest and truthful. In college, people want to be your friend for who you are, not who you pretend to be.