When most people consider the notion of university orientation, they're probably thinking of undergraduate students. Graduate students, however, require orientation too, especially those from outside the province.
This fall Grenfell Campus is welcoming 20 new grad students from all over the world – some from our province, some from the rest of Canada and others from as far away as countries like Jamaica, Nigeria, and Turkey, to name a few.
Those students are pursuing degrees in environmental policy, boreal ecosystem and agricultural science, fine arts, applied geomatics, and transdisciplinary sustainability at Memorial University's Corner Book campus.
"Graduate orientation is an integral part of the student experience," said Lucas Knill, Projects coordinator with the Office of Research and Grad Studies, who is also a graduate student at Grenfell Campus. "In addition to taking on studies and research at the graduate level, many of our students are relocating from other parts of Canada or globally. We want to make them feel at home and ensure that they are as prepared as possible to take on their next educational challenge."
This year's orientation includes a mix of social and academic events – everything from "Grocery Bingo" and campus tours to sessions on CV writing and academic integrity. Orientation is an exceptional way to build relationships, not only with other students, but also with faculty and staff.
"When planning orientation, there are many extra considerations for graduate students," said Mr. Knill. "In addition to attending class, they are developing research that could be the basis for their future careers in academia or industry. Thus, it is important we provide orientation activities which allow students to socialize but also provide opportunities to build their knowledge and skill sets."
The full graduate orientation schedule is available here. For more information about Grenfell's graduate programs, visit the grad studies website.