I spent today at orientation for my graduate program. It didn't start until ten, but since it was happening in Cullowhee and I live in Asheville, I still had to wake up early. the drive down wasn't terrible, just long and sort of tedious. Luckily, there are several people in my class (we all have to take the same courses the first semester) who also live in Asheville, so we're in the process of arranging a carpool.
Grad school orientation isn't all that different from undergrad. You get your manual, your schedule, and the usual admonishments about checking your campus mail more often. The only difference is that since the program is so small (I think there are twentysomething of us who are full-timers), we did all of the introducing of ourselves, professors included, that day, instead of in class. They also didn't give us a lecture about safe sex and chlamydia not being a kind of flower.
After the program-specific orientation was over, we headed over to the student center for the main orientation for the whole graduate school. It was fairly informative, and since there were so many people there, I felt that I could knit on my sock without appearing rude. It didn't go for as long as I expected, so I took advantage of the extra time and went to get a student ID made. Once that was over, I decided to head home. The third session was for teaching assistants (I decided to not do that, as I live far away and make more money waiting tables), and the campus tour wouldn't be starting until after that. Since all of my classes are going to be in the same building the program orientation was in, I elected to skip it.
All in all, a productive day. I also finished that sock. One down, one to go!