A Transfer Experience
Outdoor Orientation offers transfer students a warm welcome into the CSUN community and provides the tools to successfully navigate the transition into Matador life. Students will explore the beautiful outdoors of California and develop lasting relationships while on a fun-filled journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and lasting memories!
One of the greatest experiences I have ever had.
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What is Outdoor Orientation?
Are you an incoming transfer student? Do you want to jumpstart your CSUN experience by connecting with your peers, learning the ins-and-outs of campus life, and unlocking your potential—all while exploring the great outdoors? Then Outdoor Orientation is the adventure for you!
Like many transfer students, you may have some questions and concerns about transferring to CSUN or feel anxious about moving to a new area without knowing anyone. Or you may be seeking to start your transfer experience with enthusiasm and intention! Outdoor Orientation will give you all this and more. With no previous outdoor experience required, the trips are led by trained and experienced trip leaders (current CSUN students). Outdoor Orientation will prepare you for a smooth transition and help you create lasting friendships.
Outdoor Orientation begins with a morning of fun, bonding, and challenging your limits at CSUN's very own high ropes course. Additionally, your group will take a private tour of CSUN's beautiful campus. There you will be introduced to the various resources CSUN has to offer and get excited about the many opportunities for involvement on campus. In the afternoon you will hop in the van with your fellow Matadors to continue your adventure!
All Outdoor Orientation trips include exploring the beautiful outdoors of California by day and sleeping under a breathtaking sky by night. Whether you're trekking the mountains or riding the waves, every day will incorporate activities to promote personal development, quality friendships, and loads of laughter!
As you embark on your Outdoor Orientation journey, you will:
- Engage in self-discovery
- Increase your self-confidence
- Improve leadership and communication skills
- Learn to work effectively within a group
- Gain insight and wisdom from trip leaders and peers
- Be prepared to excel as a Matador
- Explore new landscapes and enjoy incredible vistas
- Create friendships and lasting memories
- HAVE FUN!
During the trip you will have the opportunity to reflect on various topics, such as what you hope to get out of your CSUN experience. As a group you will discuss your questions, concerns, goals, and more while gaining insight from your trip leaders. You will bond and gain confidence as you overcome team challenges, learn outdoor skills, and savor backcountry cuisine. Best of all, your days will be full of good times and California sunshine!