New students find their bearings at TRU orientation

By Jill Sperling
September 5, 2017 - 3:34pm Updated: September 5, 2017 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — University students head back to school this week in Kamloops. 

While the first day of classes at Thompson Rivers University is Wednesday, Tuesday saw hundreds of new students gather at for orientation.

"It's like New Years around here. It's fantastic," said Dean of Students Christine Adam. 

Staff, faculty, and student volunteers were working to make a good first impression as the new batch of students arrived. 

"Research shows that the first six weeks are crucial in a student's adjustment to university, and so this is a way to help them feel welcome here for sure, but also to get introduced to all the services and supports that are available, the various ways that they can get involved in the classroom, and also outside of the classroom," Adam said. 

About 950 students registered to take part in orientation events, and the university was expecting approximately 1,300 students to attend.

A lot of planning had gone into making the day a fun one for the new students. 

"We have the T-shirts, we have the welcome booths, we have a barbecue, ice breaker events, we have performers coming this year, which is something new," said co-op student Samantha Baker. 

Baker helped plan Tuesday's event, drawing from her personal experience with orientation.

"When I first came here I didn't come from Kamloops, so meeting new people was kind of a scary thing, and orientation gave me the opportunity to make some friends and learn about people who are in the same department as me, or faculty as me."

All new and returning students are invited to attend the annual Back-to-School BBQ on Friday.

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