Gren­fell Cam­pus set to wel­come new stu­dents

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - Gren­fell Mat­ters Leah King is the stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion co-or­di­na­tor at Gren­fell Cam­pus.

In June, I had the plea­sure of be­gin­ning a po­si­tion as the ori­en­ta­tion co-or­di­na­tor in Stu­dent Ser­vices. My re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of one week of events and ac­tiv­i­ties for new stu­dents start­ing at Gren­fell Cam­pus in Septem­ber. While I bring a num­ber of skills and ex­pe­ri­ences to this po­si­tion, I soon re­al­ized my nursing ed­u­ca­tion has given me a def­i­nite ad­van­tage!

The aims of ori­en­ta­tion are to ease stu­dents’ tran­si­tions into post-se­condary stud­ies, to in­crease their com­fort with the cam­pus and the City of Cor­ner Brook, and to make them aware of the many re­sources avail­able to them. This year’s un­der­ly­ing fo­cuses are on well­ness, safety and stu­dent en­gage­ment and suc­cess.

Thank­fully I had a large team to de­pend on dur­ing this process: Rep­re­sen­ta­tion from stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty al­lowed us to de­velop a pro­gram that is com­pre­hen­sive, ad­dress­ing the needs of not only new stu­dents, but also re­turn­ing un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. And my re­cent twom­onth nursing pre­cep­tor­ship fo­cus­ing on men­tal health gave me a win­dow into what stu­dents are ask­ing for. One of our main goals was to de­velop a pro­gram that em­braces stu­dents while re­spect­ing their lev­els of com­fort with pub­lic events. Af­ter all, some may want to be a part of events, but they don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to be the fo­cus! They want to en­gage, but they want to en­gage when and how they feel com­fort­able do­ing so. In ad­di­tion, they want to be given am­ple time to process the in­for­ma­tion we are de­liv­er­ing. Ul­ti­mately, we want stu­dents to feel safe, se­cure and ac­cepted.

Some of the big­gest stres­sors on univer­sity stu­dents in­clude proper time man­age­ment, un­cer­tainty of the fu­ture, a feel­ing of lack of con­trol and en­coun­ter­ing new peo­ple. Our team aimed to cre­ate events that would not force stu­dents into a trapped or forced mind set. In­stead, we are pre­sent­ing nu­mer­ous events to give them choices. We hope this safe en­vi­ron­ment will en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­volve­ment that is as much or as lit­tle as the stu­dent wants to give. No ex­pec­ta­tions! Just fun events that demon­strate what they can ex­pect from life and study at Gren­fell.

By at­tend­ing ori­en­ta­tion, stu­dents will make con­nec­tions with their peers, get to know the cam­pus and gain an un­der­stand­ing of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion. And par­ents: there is an ori­en­ta­tion for you too! Par­ent ori­en­ta­tion will take place Sun­day, Sept. 2, 1-3 p.m. in the Li­brary Build­ing LC301.

For a full sched­ule of ori­en­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, visit www.gren­fell.mun.ca

PHOTO BY LORI LEE PIKE

Ori­en­ta­tion for new stu­dents at Gren­fell Cam­pus in Cor­ner Brook is fast ap­proach­ing.

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