UT Dallas Magazine

Welcome to the Family, New Comets!

Breaking the ice at orientation.Getting to know fellow Comets.Learning the Whoosh…… and the mini Whoosh.Michaela Banks, Brian Ta and Ray Yeh shared information about the Japanese Student Association with the Class of 2021 at the student organization fair.Time for a selfie.Sile Akintunde playfully picked up Steven Robinson and together they welcomed future comets and family members.Alicia Molina and Elizabeth Esper hold up the mini Whoosh.Rayshona McPhaul welcomed groups of future comets with games and a bright smile.Alexander Estevan is prepared for the fall semester to begin as he already has his UTD gear.Jade Noland and Alex Prescott give each other high-fives during orientation small group exercises.Emily Risinger and Conner Gray suited up to represent the Fencing Club at the student organization fair.Khadijah Mazhar of Art UTD invited attendees to paint individual squares for a collaborative art piece.Nima Yadegari Rahatabad and Alexandra Cosmann attend a transfer student orientation.New Comets attend a transfer orientation.

We’ve noticed many bright-eyed students on campus the past month, which means summer orientation season is in full swing.

Freshman orientation (and sessions for transfer students) allows our newest Comets to meet and get to know their classmates, begin selecting courses, learn about the University’s services and resources, and become familiar with campus, among other things.

What are your memories from orientation? Give us a shout at [email protected] or in the comments below!

–Paul Bottoni

(Photos by Sarah Wall)