Mount Allison, Sackville set to wel­come hun­dreds of new stu­dents

The Amherst News - - CLASSIFIEDS/COMMUNITY - BY KATIE TOWER

Mov­ing away from home for the first time and get­ting ready to take on a new school year in a new place can be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing. But Mount Allison Univer­sity’s orientation com­mit­tee is set to help make that tran­si­tion a lit­tle bit eas­ier as they wel­come new stu­dents to cam­pus this week.

With a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and events de­signed to make the stu­dents’ ar­rival a fun and re­laxed ex­pe­ri­ence, Orientation Week is an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed, says orientation chair Natasha Kochhar.

Kochhar said she hopes to see as many first-year stu­dents as pos­si­ble take part in Orientation Week events, as it is a re­ally im­por­tant time in ad­just­ing to univer­sity, mak­ing new friends, and be­com­ing part of the Mount Allison fam­ily.

She said this year’s orientation theme is ‘Make Your­self at Home’ and that’s ex­actly what the com­mit­tee hopes the first-year stu­dents will do as they set­tle onto cam­pus and into the com­mu­nity.

There will be a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties to suit ev­ery­one’s tastes, said Kochhar, ev­ery­thing from high-en­ergy events to some of the more ‘chill’ hap­pen­ings.

“We’re re­ally push­ing that stu­dents find and do what makes them com­fort­able, just like they would do at home,” she said.

Koc­char said she has been work­ing this sum­mer with the stu­dent life de­part­ment, the stu­dent union and lo­cal busi­nesses to put to­gether a sched­ule that will help stu­dents get ac­quainted with both the town and the univer­sity.

“The ac­tiv­i­ties we have planned en­com­passes not only the first week but what we want peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing their whole time at Mount A.”

This Thurs­day is move-in day for stu­dents and Koc­char said there will be a team of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers ready to wel­come them as they ar­rive through­out the day.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to their ar­rival.”

Stu­dents will then be in­vited to jump right into Orientation Week ac­tiv­i­ties that af­ter­noon with a pump-up event at the ath­letic cen­tre, fol­lowed up by the tra­di­tional Com­mence­ment cer­e­mony at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall and a bar­be­cue din­ner at Jen­nings Hall.

Orientation Week, which ac­tu­ally runs a bit longer than a week from Aug. 31-Sept. 9, also in­cludes a num­ber of group ac­tiv­i­ties, guest speak­ers, karaoke at the swan pond, a paint night, a glow party, a town-hosted corn boil, Shin­erama, and more.

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Orientation Week helps stu­dents get ac­quainted with life on and off cam­pus.

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