Yes, Orientation Week Matters!

Posted by Sunera on August 25, 2014

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Orientation week known as O’week is the most important step to embracing the journey you are about to embark on for the next four years. It is super important that everyone attends orientation week because it is orientation that gives us a chance to understand our new environment. So yes, orientation week matters and it is for every one! Having said that, there is always the infamous: “But what if”

…I’m shy:

shy students

And the next concern that is usually follows is that I may not know anyone even if I’m not shy. To this concern, I usually respond with what my colleague Meghan once told me when I met her about a year ago. Quoting Megan, “I was very shy so I got involved online through Tumblr and Facebook social groups before I even started getting involved in person. There is something for everyone. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and have fun, even if you are shy like me or live further away from campus. Also some of the event names might seem intimidating, but I promise you the events are really entertaining. It’s meant to be a lighthearted experience after all! You can miss some events (from o’week) like I did and still have a great experience. I met my very first friends and formed connections with people at orientation week.” Speaking of forming connection, this has kicked off for many of you via phase two of the YU-Start – online learning communities.

…I’m a mature or part time student:

mature students

Worry not, because so am I. York University has many resources available for mature and part-time students such as the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS). ACMAPS has organized two orientations. You are only required to attend one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Check-in for Orientation will be at the front kiosk in VARI HALL (#30 on your campus map)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 — 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Check-in for Orientation will be at the front desk in VARI HALL (#30 on your campus map)

Just as all orientations aim to introduce students to the resources available at York U, the mature student orientation is no different. As well, there will be opportunities to mingle with other mature students, and to learn about activities and clubs such as YUMSO (the York University Mature Student Organization), and SASP (the Student Association for Single Parents), along with peer advisors, and other opportunities to ensure a smooth transition to York University.

For more information visit the Mature Students web page.

…I’m a commuter student:

commuter students

Worry not, because so am I. There, you figured it out—I’m a mature and commuter student. I know the commute time can be a factor in deciding for frosh but it is well worth it. I started school in the summer and it was not till orientation week that all the jigsaw puzzle started to come together.  Frosh activities run late in to the night, so what is a commuter student to do? Stay in a commuter room so you can enjoy late night activities without having to worry about how to get home.

Need a commuter room…no problem!

When you purchase your social orientation week tickets online just be sure to indicate that you would like accommodation. The commuter rooms are co-ed but gender specific rooms can be arranged when requested.  If you are not able to secure a commuter room for yourself, then bring your concern forward to your college council staff as spots can open up later on. You can also contact your college council for more information.

Pack necessities such as toiletries, pillows and a sleeping bag along with your clothes (formal and informal). You will need formal clothing for dances and boat cruises. Make sure you load up your YU-Card to buy food when you are on campus for the week. You can get the card from the YU-Card office located at 200 William Small Centre. You can also load money on your card at the kiosks located throughout the campus or add money online.

How do I get a frosh kit?

Visit the Orientation web page. Find your college and click Register Now!

I don’t know my college affiliation…

To find out your college affiliation you can visit the college finder tool at

I am international student…

International students – register for an additional orientation with York International

For up to date information visit: and make sure to follow the orientation hashtag #WeAreYU on social media.

I hope every one has a lovely O’week and a very warm welcome to York University!



Sunera graduated from York University in May, 2016 with an Honours BA in Work and Labour Studies.

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