ON JANUARY 27TH, 28TH, & 29TH WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE, YOU’LL SEE THIS QUESTION ON THE BALLOT:
Do you support the implementation of a Laurier Transition fee of $125 to fund orientation activities, the Laurier 101 program, and other initiatives designed to improve the transition to university life? This fee is paid by incoming undergraduate students during their first term of study on all Laurier campuses and will be adjusted annually by the cost of inflation (Consumer Price Index).
The Laurier Transition Fee, paid for by incoming First Year students only, will support the Laurier 101 program, and other initiatives, designed to guide students through their transition to university and provide support throughout their first year at Laurier. The Laurier 101 program consists of both academic and social programming that begins in the summer, transitions to the Orientation Week program, and continues throughout the Fall and Winter terms. Students will connect with peer mentors, staff, and faculty through online and on-campus events and resources to get the inside scoop on everything Laurier, including course registration, accessing resources, and navigating systems and processes. The Laurier Transition fee helps to build a foundation for all first-year students to have a successful introduction to Laurier by providing opportunities to get a head start on learning about life at Laurier, improving academic skills and developing connections to the campus community.
Since 2017, Laurier 101 has been supporting incoming Laurier students as they prepare to begin university. This past summer, the Laurier 101 Program grew exponentially, offering over 60 academic and social events to connect students with the campus community. When surveyed, 89% of students believed that Laurier 101 helped them prepare for life at Laurier:
“The Laurier 101 program helped me feel calm and comfortable with my transition into university. It provided me with lots of helpful information that I’m not sure where I would have gotten if it weren’t for the program. This resource is perfect for incoming students that are looking for some advice and reassurance during their transition.”
ONLINE COURSE REGISTRATION WEBINARS: (EARLY JUNE)
- Walks students through the course registration process step-by-step.
- Provides students with a live demonstration of LORIS and the Visual Schedule Builder as well as tips to prepare and complete the process with ease.
- Connects students with academic advisors to ask questions regarding program requirements and course selection.
ONLINE AND ON-CAMPUS EVENTS: (MID-JUNE – AUGUST)
- Provides opportunities to connect with fellow students, staff, faculty and campus resources.
- Teaches incoming students about what to expect and how to prepare.
- Gives students the opportunity to interact live by asking questions and engaging in conversations.
- Example of past webinars and panels include:
- Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries webinar
- Senior Student Panels
- Professor Panels
- Residence Life Information webinar
- Virtual Get Connected Fair
- Get to Know Your Students’ Union webinar
- Examples of additional virtual sessions include:
- Virtual Welcome Parties
- “Ask Us Anything” sessions
- Mock Lectures
- Program Chats
- When available, on-campus events include:
- Senior student led discussions
- Resource fairs
- Residence and campus tours
- Parent information sessions
LAURIER LIFE: INTERACTIVE ONLINE MODULES (JUNE – END OF FIRST YEAR)
Throughout the summer and first year at Laurier, students have the opportunity to work through a variety of modules that provide additional information on:
- Academic advising
- Student success strategies
- Tuition and financial aid
- Student life at Laurier
- Physical and mental health and wellness
- Navigating Laurier systems and websites
- Cohort-specific information for international students, transfer students, mature students, indigenous students, etc.
- Campus resources and departments
- And more!
BI-WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS (JUNE – END OF FIRST YEAR)
- Includes an overview of what to expect in the upcoming weeks, to-do items, campus resource spotlights, senior student tips, and more!
- Newsletters help to centralize information that incoming students need to ensure their success.
ORIENTATION WEEK (FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER)
All incoming First Year Students will automatically be included in the Laurier Orientation Week program. Over the course of a student’s first seven days on campus, a team of trained and passionate volunteers will be the expert guides in everything Laurier and how to best navigate the Laurier way, including the programs, services and support staff that exist for all students. All first-year students will have an inside track to virtually everything the Students’ Union does for and with their students. Not to mention how to get involved with the various programs, services and special interest and faculty-based clubs that exist for all students. Whether in person or virtual, the O-Week program is vital to First Year students’ introduction to academics, campus resources and the Laurier culture.
Some of the events and opportunities that have been staples of the Orientation Week Program in the past include:
- Opening Ceremonies
- The Headphone Disco
- We Got Game!
- Video games night
- Mentalists & Hypnotists
- Virtual Escape Rooms
- Bob Ross Paint Nights
- Student Success Sessions
- Tips and tricks on how to be a successful student at Laurier
- Academic Sessions
- Welcome Receptions and Information Session from the various faculties/programs.
- Get Involved Fairs
- Various impact speakers such as:
- Kaleb Dahlgren- member of the Humbolt Broncos hockey team
- Wali Shah – Impact Poet
- Samantha Bitty – Sexual Health Activist
- Rania El Mugammar –Artist, Anti-Oppression Consultant, Liberation Educator
- Mike Dormitz – Consent Educator, Can I Kiss You?
- Jeremie Saunders – Sick Boy Podcast
- Trivia and Bingo Nights
- Laurier Athletics’ Fitness classes.
- Laurier Golden Hawk’s Football Games
- Shine Day – in support of Cystic Fibrosis
- And More!