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GRENFELL MATTERS: Grenfell Campus set to welcome new students

Photo by Lori Lee Pike
Orientation for new students at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook is fast approaching.
Photo by Lori Lee Pike Orientation for new students at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook is fast approaching. - Contributed

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.

Lean King
Lean King

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 two-month 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

Leah King is the student orientation co-ordinator at Grenfell Campus.

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