Welcome Message From the ROAR+ Leader
What is ROAR+?
Formerly known as Camp P.R.O.W.L, ROAR+ gives you fun and interactive experiences that bring you into the CSU community. You will meet other students, make new friends, and build your skills and success networks through team-based challenges and activities. The skills and relationships you build at ROAR+ will carry on throughout college and into your career.
When is ROAR+?
For 2021, ROAR+ will be offered in both virtual and on-campus formats.
- June 8 (two days before June 10 ROAR session)
- June 14 (one day before June 15 ROAR session)
- July 7th (with overnight stay before July 8 ROAR session)
- July 26th (with overnight stay before July 27 ROAR session)
How do I join ROAR+?
When you register for ROAR Orientation, be sure to choose June 10, June 15, July 8, or July 27. If you have questions, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why choose ROAR+?
Adding the "+" experience to ROAR orientation gives you the opportunity to meet other new students, current students, faculty, and staff in a fun environment. You will be in small groups led by Orientation Leaders and participate in team-based challenges and activities, where you will learn about yourself, others and CSU's campus. One of CSU's core values is inclusion, and we celebrate the uniqueness you bring to enrich CSU as a community. You are welcome here. This "+" experience, whether you choose to join us virtually or on campus, helps create new bonds before arriving on campus and makes your transition to CSU easier.
The team-based activities and interactions at ROAR+ give you a chance to learn more about yourself, your strengths, and develop skills that will help you succeed in your new college environment, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and servant leadership (another CSU core value!).
If you'd like to boost your orientation experience with the ROAR+ virtual edition, select June 10 or June 15 ROAR sessions. You'll be invited to join the ROAR+ virtual experience a few days before.
One or two days before the ROAR session, we will get together live on Zoom and/or Discord. You will meet other freshmen joining CSU and your orientation leaders, explore CSU's campus through Minecraft, and work as a team to compete in online games. The "+" virtual edition is approximately 2 hours, and you get to choose to join either during the morning and afternoon. Join the "+" virtual edition to make connections before you meet them in person in the ROAR session!
Discord is where we get together for the ROAR+ virtual editions (June 8 & 14), but even if you are not attending ROAR+, we encourage you to join! Students often have study groups, ask for help ("Does anyone have AAA batteries? My mouse died!"), get togethers ("Hey, anyone going to the café for lunch?"), and more. Come join the CSU community!
If you'd like to boost your ROAR experience, select the July 7 or July 26 ROAR sessions for a two-day experience, staying overnight at CSU's newest residence hall, Clearview Hall.
We'll start with a meet and greet, then explore CSU's main campus in small groups led by Orientation Leaders. In the afternoon, we'll take the adventure to the Riverpark campus to engage in team-building. To end the day, we return to the main campus for a bonfire to let go of all your first-year fears and kick off your college journey with CSU Cougar spirit.
- Check-in, Welcome, and Meet your color team leaders
- Outdoor games and team competitions on Main Campus
- Lunch & CSU Traditions
- Adventure on RiverPark campus
- Colorsplash & Dinner
- Bonfire with S'mores
Hey COUGARS! Here are the supplies you will need to be successful and comfortable at ROAR+. We will be actively ziplining or rafting down the Chattahoochee River and having a color splash slip-and-slide. Bring comfortable outfits, shoes, and extras of both! Also, you may want to bring plastic bags if you don't want your hair to get wet and messy.
If you are unable to bring one of these items, please let us know and we will try to make accommodations. See you soon!
- Extra clothes (make sure one set can get dirty and wet)
- 2 pairs of athletic shoes (one pair may get wet)
- Multiple pairs of socks
- Contact Lenses
- Contact lens solution
- Eye glasses
- Sheets (size: XL Twin)
- Phone charger
- Plastic bags or a shower cap for covering hair
- Outfits and shoes that you don't mind getting messy
- Any additional needs for overnight stays (i.e., laptop, headphones, etc.)
ROAR Orientation and the ROAR+ experience follow guidelines from the CDC, CSU, and the University System of Georgia to make students' experiences as safe as possible. Please check CSU's COVID-19 Response and Updates for more information.
All activities (except for lunch) will take place outdoors, and hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be available throughout the ROAR+ activities.
Students will be staying in Clearview Hall, where each suite has two bedrooms and a bathroom. Each student participant will be assigned to a bedroom, and hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies are provided in all of the suites and throughout the residence hall. All of the suites are professionally cleaned after each ROAR+ experience.
The success of college students is related in part to whether or not they feel welcomed in specific college environments. ROAR+ allows first-year students to make friends, meet faculty and staff, and build their support network for their college success in a fun and engaging environment. When students feel like their school believes in them and provides a clear path to success, they are more likely to participate in class, attend office hours, join student groups, seek mentors, and make use of resources provided by their institution that may otherwise be underutilized. By adding the "+" to your student's orientation experience, you set them up for the opportunity to develop strong foundations for essential skills, such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, all of which will continue to sharpen as your student moves closer to graduation.
"Choosing to be an active member of the CSU community through ROAR+ made it easier to fit into the college lifestyle."
"There is nothing better than knowing that the faculty and staff of CSU have your back. ROAR+ introduced me to faculty that would aid me in becoming a better student leader!"
"I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of PROWL. It allowed me to get to know what to expect from our incoming freshman class. I noticed that the camp empowered many students personally and socially, giving them the confidence to come out of their shells. This will be a big advantage when they start college life. Some potential leaders also emerged who will hopefully continue to develop their leadership skills on campus."
"PROWL [former name of ROAR+] was helpful in reconnecting me with what it was like to be 18 and embarking on college. Sometimes struggling students present as disengaged students, but PROWL really reminded me that often this “disengagement” is anxiety. I’m thinking about tweaking my schedule so that my one-on-one writing conferences, which usually happen during the last third of the semester, happen in the first third—just to give me a chance to form more personal relationships with students and, as much as possible, calm their nerves. I also enjoyed getting to meet faculty and staff from across college. It was really heartening to see how many people on campus care passionately about students!"