The month of August saw the full complement of the Students’ Union team preparing for the arrival of our freshly minted Golden Hawks. Led by Nikki Corless, Vice-President of Programming & Services on the Waterloo Campus, and Natalie Rigato, Vice-President of Programming & Services on the Brantford campus, as well as our Orientation Program Facilitators, our Orientation program was designed to to provide incoming students with the resources, events, and information they need to jumpstart their university careers. This year we worked to create a more seamless move-in strategy with floor specific time slots. I must commend our Students’ Union volunteers who were the heart of that process and all of the other activities that filled this exciting week.. Success is not determined in this context by a quantitative metric but rather a qualitative one. The most potent statement heard near the end of the week was from a first year student named David, who remarked that, “I never thought I would get so many opportunities to make friends, understand what my supports are, and even know the locations of my classes. I would do O-Week again if I had the chance.” David was quite appreciative of our emphasis on clear communication and need-based programming.
To our new Golden Hawks, I want to say welcome. Welcome to your new home, welcome to your place of learning, and welcome to the institution that will build you into the individual you will be tomorrow. We, the Students’ Union, are cognizant of the challenges you are facing and may encounter later on in your journey. Challenge is good – we only grow when we are attempt trials outside our degree of comfort. Do not shy away from new people, opportunities, or challenges, but rather go through your voyage with a helmet of positivity and pocket filled with determination. Know that it will not be easy, but the level of work you put in today will determine your success tomorrow. Know that you can do anything if you put your mind to it, and lastly – know that we, the Students’ Union, are here to support you.
Students’ Union President & CEO