As summer comes to an end, a new era begins: O-WEEK 2016!
What is O-Week, you ask?
O-Week, also known as Orientation Week or Frosh, is a week-long event that allows incoming students to ease the transition between high school and university and get a head start to the years ahead. Students have a chance to meet upper-year students, other new students in their Colleges, professors in their respective programs and they can explore the YorkU campus — all before their classes start!
When is O-Week happening?
This year O-Week takes place September 3-11, 2016, with classes starting on September 8.
How does O-Week work?
O-Week is composed of two components: academic and social orientation. While academic orientation is mandatory to attend and gives you the keys to success, social orientation is an optional — but a highly recommended — element.
Why should I get involved?
Video courtesy of YorkU Student Community & Leadership Development (SC&LD).
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are two major ways to get involved:
1. York Orientation Day (Mandatory) – ACADEMIC ORIENTATION
If you haven’t already, register for York Orientation Day, September 7, 2016
Highlights of the day:
- Participate in academic orientation activities with your academic program, Faculty and College.
- Meet other new students in your academic program before your first class.
- Talk to upper-year students; they are great resources for questions you may have about university life, academic or social.
- Enjoy dinner and attend a welcoming ceremony with the entire incoming class.
2. College Frosh – SOCIAL ORIENTATION
To get involved in social orientation, you have to find your College affiliation and purchase Frosh Kits.
Confused about Frosh Kits?
A Frosh Kit is your all-access pass to O-Week! Frosh Kits are affiliated with different Colleges (based on your program of study and/or residence building) and include access to events, transportation, entertainment, food and more!
Now that I have given you a glimpse of O-Week, I want to give you more information about the various types of orientations you can attend! If you want more details about O-Week in itself, check out the York University Orientation Week 2016 Guidebook.
York organizes a number of orientations specifically catering to particular cohorts. Following find a list of orientations and orientation-like events that may be for you:
“Whether you’re coming to university for the first time or returning after a number of years away, you can significantly ease your transition to York and dramatically increase your chances of success by attending [mature students] Orientation.” Learn more about the September 10 Mature Student Transition Event, composed of multiple workshops and organized by the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students, and how to register here.
Unsure about your status as a student? Check out the criteria for a mature student!
Coming from another country or continent? York International (YI) has you covered! With a pre-arrival online workshop and a New International Student Orientation Session, your transition to Canada and YorkU will be seamless. Check out the YI website for some great links that you can bookmark in advance!
Need more tips and guidance? Check out my colleague Simone’s multi-pronged Guide for International Students.
Every year the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) organizes a Welcome Feast for all First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know other Indigenous learners and acquaint themselves with the CASS staff and programs for the Fall/Winter period. This year, the Welcome Feast will take place on Wednesday, September 14.
Students with disabilities: Although there are no designated O-Week events for students with disabilities, if you self-identify as a student with a disability, York’s Counselling & Disability Services (CDS) is a great resource for you! If you require academic accommodations for a diagnosed disability or would like support to help you thrive during your university years, I recommend you check out CDS at your earliest convenience.
Residence Students: If you will be living in residence for the 2016-2017 academic school year, there will be a special residence orientation for you on move-in day (the afternoon of September 3, 2016). This will include a residence pep rally & BBQ and allow you to get to know your residence dons, coordinators and floor mates!
I hope this little list has helped clear any confusion in regards to O-Week and convinced you to get involved! O-Week was truly one of the best moments of first year for me — it was my induction of sorts into the YorkU community.
If you have any questions about O-Week or the transition from high school to university, feel free to leave a comment below or tweet @YorkUStudents with the #YUBLOG.