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Orientation 2018: kick-start your Concordia life

Get insider tips to help you adapt and thrive at university
August 7, 2018
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By Mélissa-Anne Ménard

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Orientation is a chance to meet other students, get introduced to Concordia and adjust to your new life as a university student.

This year, at Concordia's 2018 orientation events, you’ll get the lowdown on the university’s services, learn tried-and-true study strategies and connect with other incoming students.

Discover Concordia

When: Tuesday, August 28, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

Orientation week kicks off with Discover Concordia. As the name suggests, this daylong fair introduces you to the university community. You’ll be able to build your own schedule so that the day is the perfect mix of information and fun for you.

“Discover Concordia provides new students with the remarkable opportunity to become acquainted with all that Concordia has to offer, before the semester has even begun.” says Rima Oassey, psychology student and Welcome Crew Mentor.

She attended in Fall 2017. “It sure alleviates so much unnecessary stress!”

Throughout the day, you’re invited to make connections within your faculty, join a campus tour, attend the information fair on university resources — everything from financial aid to international exchanges — and indulge in snacks and prizes.

You can also ask experienced undergraduates for tips on adjusting to university life at the Welcome Crew Crash Course running in the afternoon. 

“The Welcome Crew Mentors were able to share exactly what I needed to know as a new student, all while creating an extremely welcoming and inviting atmosphere.” Oassey adds.

“That’s what I aim to do for new students this year at Discover Concordia!  Hope to see you there.” 

Register for Discover Concordia.

Start Right: Learning and study skills

When: Thursday, August 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

Start Right is a more academically focused orientation event, allowing you to brush up on effective study strategies before classes start.

Learning specialists from the Student Success Centre will present in-depth lessons on such topics as time management, listening and note taking, reading to remember and strategies for problem-solving courses.

"At last year’s Start Right orientation I learned how to effectively take notes using the Cornell method, and how to identify and single out important information given by a professor or from a textbook.” Recalls Navid Reza, undergrad Computer Engineering student and Welcome Crew Mentor.  

“To this day, I still apply those skills I acquired from Start Right in my classes."

Again, Welcome Crew Mentors will be on hand to answer questions and talk about university life during a free midday meal. "The whole day certainly helped me prepare for my academic life all while encouraging me to bridge the gap and meet other new students just like myself.” adds Reza. 

“It's one event you definitely don't want to miss out on." 

Register for Start Right.

MAP to Success

When and where: Several dates offered on both Loyola and Sir George Williams campuses, between August 21 and September 6.

My Action Plan (MAP) to Success is a personalized, self-assessment-based orientation event. Discover your strengths and skills, and find out what you need to work on to succeed at university. Our First-year Support Counsellor will be on hand to help you create a personalized plan.

Register for MAP to Success.

WISE YUL

When: Wednesday, August 29, various time blocks between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

International students are invited to attend WISE YUL, organized by the International Students Office (ISO).

This open-house orientation is designed to help you integrate into life in Montreal. Students can get tips on taking care of administrative details, understanding the university structure, accessing key on-campus resources — like Health Services and the Students Accounts Office — and connecting with fellow students.

Delfine Lambert, the ISO’s Service Assistant, points out the many benefits of attending WISE YUL. “Students will be able to enter their Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and Study Permit in the portal, apply for their permanent code and learn about their health insurance plan,” she says.

“They can also get help finding a student job, learn about free on- and off-campus resources to improve their English and French, and discover what the city and Concordia have to offer.”

At WISE YUL, you can also pick up free passes to Montreal events and learn about a range of free activities where you can meet new students, both international and local. One such activity is Explore Montreal, a free ISO- and Student Success Centre-led walking tour.

Organizations such as Montréal International and I Choose Montréal will also have representatives on hand during the event.

Register for WISE YUL.

Frosh 2018 and other welcome events

There are also a host of student-led events, both leading up to the beginning of classes, and in the weeks following.

Find out more about orientation activities at Concordia.

Parents Tent

When: Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Grey Nuns Garden Tent

If your parents are helping you prepare for student life, invite them to the Parents Tent event, hosted by Advancement and Alumni Relations, as well as the parents and students reception (from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.).

Parents will learn about Concordia’s services, meet members of the Concordia administration and parents of other new students over refreshments and live music.

Parents should register by Saturday, August 20. For more information please contact Shanna Parisien at (514) 848-2424, ext. 4397, or 1-888-777-3330. They can also stay in touch by joining the Concordia Parents Association.

Connect with a Welcome Crew mentor for insider tips throughout your first year. Visit the Student Success Centre for academic and career-related support.



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