Brandon University will welcome hundreds to first-year Orientation

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Six hundred eager first-year students will spend an exciting day at Brandon University (BU) on Tuesday, learning their way around campus, how to access supports and services, and hearing an inspirational keynote from Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery.

While not every first-year student attends Orientation, BU Acting Director of Recruitment, Courtney Adams, says that the day is an invaluable kick-start to their time at university.

“So many students tell me that Orientation is one of their most fun memories at BU. It is a fun day that is packed with activities to make new friends and learn about all that we have to offer here on campus,” Adams said. “We are making sure that when classes start Wednesday morning, new students have everything they need to thrive.”

Orientation events range from fun activities that help students get to know one another, to important introductions to the supports that are available at BU.

“Whether students choose the convenience of BU residence, stay at home, or find a place to live off campus, that first day on campus presents a ton of new opportunities,” said Michelle Bessette, Student Engagement Officer. “We have a fun day planned with plenty of help from our Student Leaders group to show everyone around and make sure they know where to look when they have questions.”

New students will also be introduced to the services that the Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU) has to offer.

“It’s important that students are able to support one another, because often that is the first place we will turn for help or advice,” said BUSU President Nick Brown. “We offer everything from a food bank and a health and dental plan, to help students take care of themselves while they are here, to services to providing opportunities for extracurricular activities like clubs and socials. The more engaged students are on campus, the more we will get out of our university experience.”

Getting students engaged and excited will be one of Montgomery’s goals in his presentation to students on Tuesday, Sept. 5. A gold medalist in skeleton in the 2010 Winter Olympics, the native of Russell, Man., has also become a popular television personality as the award-winning host of The Amazing Race Canada.

Orientation doesn’t end after the first day. Brandon University and BUSU have planned two weeks of food, activities and seminars, including movies, health and safety information, and cultural events.

“The first day goes by so quickly, especially with the rush of excitement from being on a new campus, and maybe even in a new city or country,” said BU Orientation Coordinator Trevor McIntyre. “By planning out two weeks of events our students have more time to take everything in, to get to know one another and to understand what services are available to them as they settle into their new routine.”

While there’s plenty happening on campus, Adams says that BU is mindful that there is a great deal more going on students’ lives that can affect how successful they will be in their studies. That’s why Orientation takes a well-rounded approach to easing the transition to university.

“Helping students manage all of their different priorities while continuing to succeed academically is our top goal,” Adams said. “Orientation is an event that’s completely geared around getting students a great, fun and fully-supported start to the year.”


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