Students new to Thompson Rivers University will learn what their university has to offer them through a range of orientation events from fun to promoting personal and academic success.
Formerly known as Orientation, TRU Discover is for students new to TRU and kicked off on Tuesday (Aug. 26) with registration of international students and other supporting events, continues through the weekend, and wraps on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with events for all new students.
TRU Discover schedule
Discover Your TRU Identity – NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: TRU GYM
Pre show and pump up: 9-9:45am
First year convocation: 9:45am–10am
Welcome rally: 10am-10:15 am
Discover your academic program—Individual faculty locations
Academic Program Session: 10:30am-noon
Discover your campus community — NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Student Street
Resource Fair, Activities and BBQ: noon-3pm
Among other things, TRU Discover is designed to introduce students to support services available to them, to familiarize them with the campus, provide a glimpse of what to expect during their time at TRU, and introduce them to other new students in their areas of study and other parts of campus.
See below for more information for what’s planned.
Figuring out what’s what and where in advance to classes starting proved to be a tremendous stress reducer for Carlee Poleschuk, who is one of the co-coordinators of this year’s TRU Discover.
“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,” recalls Poleschuk. “On the day of orientation I went around to all my classes and made sure I was ready for the first day of university,”
A repeating message throughout TRU Discover is that student can expect a supportive environment throughout the academic year. In other words, the support doesn’t end after Sept. 2, but will continue and be ramped-up during key points like preparing for mid-term and final exams.
“We will continue to offer programs and services throughout the year that change as the needs of the students change,” says Hamilton, adding, “Research shows that students who get involved on campus and feel supported are happier and have more success in university. Our business is about helping students discover their opportunities, connect with their university, engage with their learning, and become all that they wish to be.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
AUG. 30—Family Orientation
Family Orientation is designed to have family members learn more about the campus, its services, and what TRU has to offer beyond the classroom. By having family members on campus, family is more likely to be a greater support network for students.
SEPT. 1—Sekusen’t Aboriginal Orientation
Sekusen’t is an orientation for new Aboriginal students and is designed to help ease them into university life. Sekusen’t is Secwepemc for star, which is used for finding one’s way.
SEPT. 2—Orientation IN THE TRU GYM
This is for all new students, whether domestic or international. Among the scheduled events: welcome video and speeches, First Year Convocation*, pep rally, campus tours, academic open houses**, and a resource fair*** featuring a range of campus representatives, activities, and free BBQ.
*First Year Convocation is a simulated Convocation to give new students a small-scale feel for the celebration and ceremony that happens at Convocation.
**The academic open houses have students breaking into their areas of study and learning more about the instructors and professors, what the department has to offer, touring the physical spaces where classes will be held, and learning about the opportunities outside the classroom.
***The resource fair will feature more than 50 booths, with the majority of them representing campus services like counselling, financial aid and awards, the library, Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, how to set up a mytru web account, the doctor’s office, health and wellness, recreation and intramurals, free fitness classes, and more.
TRU Discover coordinators