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May 10, 2019 1:48 PM

Orientation activities welcome new students

The Conestoga community welcomed more than 1,500 new students across campuses participating in orientation activities ahead of the spring term.

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More than 1,500 new students participated in orientation activities across Conestoga campuses ahead of the spring term.

Designed to support a successful transition to Conestoga, orientation provides an opportunity for new students to learn about the resources and services available, complete start-up tasks in advance of the first day of class, and meet faculty and fellow students.

This term, more than 135 volunteers supported orientation activities over three days, which included welcoming students, providing directions to program sessions, and assisting in creating connections to key resources on campus.

During a kickoff celebration at the Doon campus, representatives from Student Engagement and Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), the college’s official student association, welcomed students to the college community and shared information about support services available.

“Look around the room today,” said Zac Dodge, CSI’s marketing and events manager. “You’re surrounded by a new community and we’re so excited you have chosen Conestoga. You’re entering a community where you’ll be meeting new people and establishing life-long friendships and professional relationships. We encourage you to get involved on campus, meet people and make the most of your experience here at Conestoga.”

Student Engagement programmer Jermal Alleyne informed students that the team meets the needs through innovative programming designed to achieve goals with learning outcomes-based initiatives including the Co-Curricular Record, the Respect Campaign, the Connect Leadership Workshop Series, and various student volunteer and committee opportunities.

The International Office hosted additional orientation activities which included Start Smart programs and international welcome sessions where students learned about Canadian culture and support services specific to international student success at Conestoga.

A record number of students are expected to be on campus this spring with approximately 9,000 new and returning students enrolled in programs delivered across multiple campuses.

For more information about the resources and services available for students on campus, visit Student Engagement.

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