by Sarah Kelly and Bana Qabbani
More than 1,500 new students gave up a few precious days of their vacation
to explore services and meet other students just before classes started.
They were taking part in Discover Concordia, a series of orientation sessions
organized through the New Students Program.
Jessica Rincon, 18, is from Venezuela and will be studying English literature.
Discover Concordia was really helpful, although I still have to
go through all the brochures. I would have been lost if Id gone
to the first day of school and didnt know all that Ive learned
Discover Concordia took place over three days. Along with the information
sessions, students were treated to a humorous skit from members of the
Student Success Centre. It woke me up! I definitely enjoyed it,
said marketing major Leigh Ann Pawliuk.
There were prizes gift certificates to Java U, Concordia sweatshirts
from the bookstore, and passes to Stingers games plus lunch, cake
and other snacks.
Discover Concordia is a university-wide orientation program, with senior
students acting as animators. Getting to Know U Days, a concurrent program,
brought small, informal groups of students together to explore the university.
Donna Pinsky is a senior business student who has been welcoming new students
to Concordia for over two years. I was really impressed with Discover
Concordia when I was a new student, so I decided to get involved.
She likes meeting the new students and helping them getting adjusted to
Pinsky feels all students would benefit from joining a PLUS Mentor group
and taking a CLUES library workshop. I wish that PLUS Mentor groups
had been around when I started at Concordia. I really couldve used
having an experienced student at Concordia to answer my questions.
Start Right, another orientation event, is a series of eight learning
modules designed to teach students the skills they need to succeed at
university. Counselling and Developments Learning Support Services
developed this series of workshops, which include listening and notetaking,
academic writing, studying and taking exams.
I took a lot of notes at Start Right and learned many strategies
that I think will help me this fall, said anthropology student Tom
Students interested in joining a PLUS Mentor group or taking any of
the Counselling and Development workshops, especially the First Year Experience
Modules, can find out more information from the Student Success Centre
Sarah Kelly and Bana Qabbani are Journalism students, and were first-time
animators with Discover Concordia this year.