What Colour Is Your T-Shirt?
TRU Discover Venue Change
Due to the weather, TRU Discover will take place in the TRU Gym rather than Hillside Stadium. The Discover Your Campus Community event has moved to BMO student street in Old Main.
At first glance, visitors to TRU Discover on the first day of fall semester might think orientation is all about the free tee-shirts. Right and left, droves of new students in matching “Discover TRU” tees—a colour for each faculty or school—follow flag-waving senior student ambassadors in volunteer shirts. From the steps of the International Building’s mezzanine, senior Business students clad in aquatic blue run icebreaker games during the school’s open house, and at the resource fair on the campus commons, various booths hand out shirts and other swag along with essential information on campus and community services.
The tees are the most visible aspect of a day devoted to one thing: helping new students make a successful, less stressful transition to university life.
“We want to inspire students at TRU to discover their opportunities, discover their university, and discover themselves,” says Nic Zdunich.
He and fellow senior co-op student Carlee Poleschuk are in their second year with the new student transitions team as orientation coordinators. The pair will kick off TRU Discover, this year’s orientation program, at 9a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 with a pre-show at the TRU Gym, followed by welcoming ceremonies and first year convocation, and a full day of opportunities to learn more about the university.
View the TRU Discover schedule
“At academic program sessions students can discover their faculty before attending a resource fair and BBQ where they will find out all the resources TRU has available on campus,” says Zdunich. “Expect visits from the WolfPack mascot, Wolfie, and tonnes of free prizes we are giving away.”
Being away from home and family for the first time, juggling school and work, facing academic challenges, or simply adjusting to the differences between university and high school can be overwhelming. Orientation introduces new students to others in their faculties or schools—instantly recognizable thanks to the tees, from Arts in royal blue to Science in green—as well as to faculty members and staff, and to all the programs and services available.
“I had just graduated from a small Kamloops high school and was ready to expand my friend group and experience school with a larger student body,” recalls Carlee Poleschuk. “I remember being extremely anxious about finding my classes and whether I was going to make it to my next class across campus on time. On the day of orientation I went around to all my classes and made sure I was ready for the first day of university.”
Poleschuk says she went with the mindset of making new friends. “I remember the energy of being in a crowd of first year students at orientation and it was an amazing first impression of what university would be like. TRU Discover is a great opportunity to meet new people.”
Prior to TRU Discover, several smaller events are happening around campus to help various student groups transition to campus life. TRU World welcomes international students with campus and community orientation sessions and fun events to which all new students are invited—including a BBQ co-hosted with TRU Residence & On Campus Housing on the campus commons starting at 3:30pm on Aug. 28.
Early move-in at the TRU Residence starts Aug. 27, with activities like a sunset hike in Kenna Cartwright Park that are open to all students. Regular move-in day at TRU Rez is Aug. 30. For the families providing support behind the scenes for all new students, Family Orientation runs Saturday Aug. 30, providing tours, information on essential services and resources, and academic support.
The Aboriginal orientation program Sekúsen’t offers food, tours, a campus scavenger hunt and various other activities on Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 for new First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students to meet each other and get familiar with the resources and staff at Cplul’kw’ten (the Gathering Place) and across campus prior to joining other new students for TRU Discover at the Tournament Capital Centre on Sept. 2.
By giving students a chance to meet faculty before classes start and to find out about support services like Counselling, Student Awards and Financial Support, the Math and Writing Centres and the Gathering Place, TRU Discover helps students do well in their courses and better handle the pressures of first year. It also helps students connect to their peers in a welcoming environment tailored specifically to new students.
“It’s the perfect place to get acquainted with your exciting new journey that is about to begin at TRU,” says Zdunich.
Visit the orientation website for more information on TRU Discover and other new student events and activities.
“We want to inspire students at TRU to discover their opportunities, discover their university, and discover themselves.” —Nic Zdunich
What colour is your tee-shirt?
ROYAL BLUE: Arts
AQUATIC BLUE: Business and Economics
CHARCOAL: Trades and Undeclared
RED: Human, Social and Educational Development
PURPLE: Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism
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