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.