Humans of O-Week Brantford

Hello, incoming Golden Hawks! With your first year at Wilfrid Laurier comes the opportunity to be a part of the amazing Orientation Week to help you get adjusted to the campus! But what is Orientation Week? Orientation Week is a fun and engaging welcome to Laurier where we have tons of fun daytime and nighttime programming to help you be successful in your academics, to get to know the campus and to get to know other fellow golden hawks. Orientation Week has something for everyone and offers programming such as the concert, headphone disco, carnival, and many more. Orientation Week kicks off move in day and goes until the end of the week.

And we wouldn’t have Orientation Week without the awesome O-team, so without further ado, here’s this year’s team!

Name: Lizzie Smyth

Position: Orientation Program Facilitator

Year and Program: Recently Graduated: Concurrent Education

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? The Student Centre is a great space to chat with friends and get homework done. It’s also in the centre of campus so it’s a great spot to hang out in-between classes.

What is your favourite animal and why? Cats, they are so cute and cuddly… and super sassy.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? 3 Cheers for the…. CHEER OFF! The Cheer Off is the ultimate event of Orientation Week as it gives the first years a chance to show their spirit and show how they are true Golden Hawks. It’s a fantastic event that is high energy and there’s nothing but Laurier love!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? As a first-year student, I was in awe of Orientation Week and the Ice-breakers! I had such a fun time as a student, I couldn’t wait to see things from the other end of the week. I was hired as an Icebreaker for the following year and have loved every moment of it over the years!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: ASK QUESTIONS. Please ask questions, do not feel silly or worried. There are hundreds of people here at Laurier dedicated to help you succeed. There is no such thing as a silly question.

 

Name: Andre Thames

Position: Vice President of Programming & Services (Brantford campus)

Year and Program: I’m old and my program is extinct (Concurrent Education – graduating in the fall)

What is your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Working out the muscles at the YMCA

What’s your favourite animal and why? Giraffes they’re just so tall and just AGH

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Carnival, I love me some cotton candy

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? For many, this may be the first-time incoming students are away from home. Which can be very unsettling at times. Orientation Week is the outlet that connects students from all over the globe, which in turn can translate into life lasting relationships amongst one another.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Success comes from those who ask questions. Start off by asking yourself… “How would you like to be remembered?” Build a foundation; and work towards it. There are numerous of support systems on campus to help you achieve your goals. But always remember. YOU are here, YOU are doing the work, YOU are important, and YOU MATTER.

 

Name: Jeff Lam

Position: Logistics Executive

Year and Program: Fourth Year – Game Design and Development

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? You’ll see me kicking it with my fellow Game Design peeps at the BGN lab playing games.? The Y is also great because it has Table Tennis, come on by if you want your butt kicked in a friendly game of ping pong!

What is your favourite animal and why? My favourite animal would have to be the majestic animal that could only be known as the Lamb. Lambs not only taste delicious but it also just happens to be in my last name.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Either the Glow party or Carnival

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Be more involved with Laurier, meet new people, and help build something amazing!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: One card hack: Since your One Card can be a bit limiting as to what you can and can’t buy with it. Expand your options by using your One Card at FreshCo and purchase various gift cards or prepaid credit cards to broaden what you can buy in town!

Bonus tip: Laurier offers many opportunities to be involved, take advantage of them you’ll gain some valuable experience out of it, and you’ll probably meet some cool peeps along the way.

 

Name: Josh Smith

Position: Activities Executive

Year and Program: 3rd Year User Experience Design

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Just grabbing my friends and hanging out, whether it be going to an event or grabbing food, as long as I have my friends and no stress then I’m all set for a good time.

What is your favourite animal and why? The bear. If you’ve ever seen a bear then you’ll understand why, due to the fact that bears are pretty sick.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? The carnival. There’s so much going on and something for everyone there, it’s one of the best days in my opinion. It just has an atmosphere you can’t replicate.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? During my first year I did my best to get involved around campus, and the one thing I was told by all the volunteers I met was to get involved with orientation week, and that I would not regret it. It’s a fun time with an energy you can’t find anywhere else, and I know I’d regret not signing up and giving it my all.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Get involved! Whether it be with Students’ Union, Residence Life, or anywhere else on campus, you’ll never regret going out and volunteering. You’ll bond with people you wouldn’t have even met otherwise. I know you’re probably worried about not having enough time, but trust me, you’re far more likely to have way too much time on your hands than not enough. Just like the rest of university, it’s just a leap of faith.

 

Name: Melissa Riley

Position: Activities Executive

Year and Program: Social Work (4th)

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? I love just walking around campus with my friends or boyfriend after class and checking out any events happening or going for coffee.

What is your favourite animal and why? I love cows because growing up in a small town they are the everywhere and despite their size, they are super cute!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? I love the carnival! Every year it keeps getting better and it’s a great chance for icebreakers to talk to first years and for first years to interact with each other.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I chose to volunteer for Orientation week because I’ve volunteered for it before and had such a great experience that I wanted to again. I also love volunteering in general and getting involved in events and campus.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Take your time adjusting to university life, it will take time and it’s no competition. I’d also say once you are comfortable, don’t be afraid to get involved and challenge yourself but always remember to take care of yourself first.

 

Name: Paris Lad

Position: Communications Executive

Year and Program: 4th Year Game Design and Development

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? There’s a lot to do on campus, but my favourite thing to do is to hang out with my friends in the BGN Lab! All we do there is play games and yell memes at each other, its great

What is your favourite animal and why? My favourite animal must be a Lynx. They’re basically extremely cool wild cats with long ears, and I’m a total cat dude.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Food is the best, in my opinion, so our Taste of Downtown is never a bad time for me!  It’s literally an afternoon of free food, you can’t go wrong.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? To be completely honest, the reason I volunteered for O-week the first time was because of my Residence Don (miss you Kelly <3). I promised her I would after I forgot to sign up for another position, and I don’t regret it one bit. Now I volunteer for O-Week every year, because I believe that the experience that I had in my first year should be one that everyone has at least once in their lives. It’s an incredible experience where I met some of my closest friends, and even more incredible icebreakers.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: If I had to give advice, it would be to use all the resources you have. We have people that help you schedule your life, help you write your essays and papers, people that help you stay in your program, people to walk or drive you home in the middle of the night,  we even have a place to print your papers when your printer is out of ink! It’s there for you to use, so take advantage of it! The services are there for you to use, and they’re there to help you succeed, so why not?

 

Name: Rex Spencer

Position: Shinerama Executive

Year and Program: 4th Year Game Design and Development

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Hang out with my friends in the various student lounges.

What is your favourite animal and why? The Golden Tiger because they have such beautiful coats and they are very satisfying to look at, besides who doesn’t like tigers?

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? My favourite Orientation Week event is the Carnival Day. It has a lot of unique events and is altogether a really fun day.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I wanted to help Shinerama grow even more through spreading awareness for Cystic Fibrosis while also giving our incoming first years an Orientation Week to remember.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Don’t be afraid to try new things in your first year! Lots of the things I do today came from me trying new things and seizing opportunities in my first year.

 

Name: Tanner Ioannoni

Position: Food and Registration Exec

Year and Program: 4th Law and Society

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Hang out at the many student lounges on campus

What is your favourite animal and why? Probably a bear because I’m a Bruins fan

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? My favourite O-week event has been the concert, this is my favourite event because in my first year we had Arkells who are my favourite band.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I choose to volunteer for Orientation Week due to the impact my Icebreakers had on me during my first year. I also choose to volunteer to leave a lasting impact on the first-year students.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Just be yourself, it will make your University Experience better!

 

Name: Ahad Naim

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: 3rd, Business Tech Management/BTM

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Bet your gunna expect me to say run…?  Well it’s not (too many people on these streets most days). Sike- that’s a curve ball!! I’d def say workout at the Y or grab some Tim’s by expo during the break in lectures.

What is your favourite animal and why? The Raptor because it’s Canada’s spirit animal. Ferocious but intelligent and always ready to compete.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Glow Party!!!! It is was literally one of the most fun parts of O Week. From painting our shirts with colorful glowing paint to dancing and singing with new friends it was certainly a night to remember.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I had a great experience as an icebreaker last year and wanted to be more involved and teach other future Golden Hawks and this year’s icebreaker team all the amazing things I’ve learned these last 2 years in my time at Laurier.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone. Socialize!!! 99.9% of the people you will meet here are nothing if not extremely friendly, so don’t be afraid to speak to anyone whether it be another first year, a breaker, a head ice, etc. Were all very friendly and want to hear what you think. O week is a special and memorable time don’t be afraid to have fun!!!!

 

Name: Jessie Sidhu

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: Second Year, Human Rights and Human Diversity

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Fav thing to do on campus is buy food from all the places near by

What is your favourite animal and why? My fav animal is a sloth, because they are slow but determined and I identify with that

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Lip sync battles!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Because I love meeting new people and putting my time to good use

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Take good notes! Personalize them if need be because your notes will be your best friends for your midterms and assignments. Sometimes not everything the prof talks about is on the lecture slides

 

Name: Mike Dube

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: 4th year law and society

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Getting a nice hot coffee before class

What is your favourite animal and why? My labradoodle Charlie! He’s the best doggo in the world

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? The cheer off! It’s so exciting and the energy is crazy!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Because my icebreakers brought me out of my shell and really helped me become comfortable with myself! I want to do that for others too

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Have fun, be yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things! We are all cool and unique, so be proud of it and you will find that people will appreciate you!

 

Name: Oniqua Kamaka

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: Fourth year Law and Society

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Going to soup and fry bread at the indigenous students’ centre is a lot of fun and it is a free meal. It’s really nice to get a free bowl of warm soup during the winter.

What is your favourite animal and why? My favourite animal are wolves, while amazing as individuals they truly thrive in social environments and as a pack. I feel as though I can relate to wolf and they also look extremely cool.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? I don’t really have a favourite Orientation Week event honestly. Every event that has been done in the past that I got to experience were all so much fun that I can’t really pick a favourite. But if I had to choose, I would say cheer off because it’s great to see first years getting rowdy and cheering for the win.

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? The first time I decided to volunteer for Orientation Week was because I was involved in a First Year Leadership Program (FYLP), and I was always involved with something on campus. My council advisor told me that it would be a great experience and I would get to meet more people, which was something I loved about being on an FYLP. Being an Icebreaker was one of the best experiences I have ever had, so I decided to continue to volunteer for Orientation Week and introduce first years to the wonderful community that is Laurier Brantford.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: There is something for everyone on this campus, don’t be afraid to get involved. It is a great way to take a break from the studying while still doing something productive and meaningful.

 

Name: Paige Murtagh

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: 4th year Social Work

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Trivia nights with Kyle the Trivia Guy!

What is your favourite animal and why? Elephants! They’re very family oriented which I think is a great quality to have!

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? The Lip Sync Battle! It’s so much fun to get to jam out to awesome tunes and watch others get involved and put on an awesome show!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? I had so much fun during my orientation week and my icebreakers really encouraged me to get involved on campus, and that’s what I want to do for incoming first year students.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, everyone on campus is so friendly and are more then willing to help! Make sure you reach out and make connections with others!

 

Name: Sameed Hussain

Position: Head Ice

Year and Program: 3rd year Criminology

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? I love to go to the gun range, explore, etc. Embark on adventures

What is your favourite animal and why? Lion, because it’s majestic and the king of the jungle

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Carnival because it’s fun and was the most memorable part of O Week

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? Being part of O Week was an amazing experience in my first year where I made lifelong friends. I want to make sure that the incoming first years get the same experience and have a great tenure at Laurier.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Not to take 8:30am classes because you will sleep through them or sleep in them.

 

Name: Scott “Scoot” Maxwell

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: 4th year of Digital Media & Journalism

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? Hang out in the Foot Patrol office!

What is your favourite animal and why? Giraffes, because they’re smart, but goofy, just like me.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? Cheer off! It was so fun to be a part of in first year and as an Icebreaker it’s even better seeing all the first years take everything you’ve taught them to try and win!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? As a first year, I came on to the campus knowing nobody, and O-week helped me meet so many new people, and as a volunteer, I want to do the same thing for incoming students!

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your shell and try new things! I never did anything like this in high school, and had I not tried new things when I started here, I wouldn’t have had all these amazing experiences, met amazing people, and had as fun of a time at university! Whether it be sports, committees, or clubs, there are so many things you can do on this campus, and it’s a great way to discover new things about yourself!

 

Name: Set Ozturk

Position: Head Icebreaker

Year and Program: 3rd year Criminology major with minor in Indigenous Studies

What’s your absolute favourite thing to do on campus? I love admiring all the old buildings and beautiful parks on campus as I walk to class. The way the city is integrated into our school is one of the reasons why I love Laurier.

What is your favourite animal and why? I would have to say a sloth, because I truly believe that I must have been one in a different life.

What is your favourite Orientation Week event? I adore watching all the talent during our Coffee House event. It’s a great moment out of the week to unwind and enjoy fresh talent from first year students!

Why did you choose to volunteer for Orientation Week? It simply makes me happy to be part of something that can change someone’s life forever. Orientation week laid a strong foundation for my future years at Laurier and always encouraged me to seize opportunities that came my way. By welcoming someone new into a different environment, you change their life. They in turn change yours with their stories. It’s a great time for everyone.

One piece of advice for incoming first year students: Always make sure to make time for yourself! It can be a wild ride, and sometimes you need to step back and reflect on YOU to enjoy all the fun things at Laurier. Also, pro-tip: get a cute artsy planner from Indigo to stop you from procrastinating!!!

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