A great first week at Georgian
September 05, 2014

A crowd of students walk from the gym to their academic breakout sessions

After a welcome session at the Athletic Centre, students proceeded to academic breakout sessions at Barrie Campus Orientation

Thousands of new full-time students started at Georgian on Sept. 2 and each one is adjusting to campus life. For returning students, the first week of fall semester means getting back into fast-paced programs. That’s why Georgian staff and faculty do everything they can to ensure the first week of school is productive and fun for all.

Three students putting on their firefighting gear for a fire safety demonstration at the Barrie Campus

Pre-service Firefighter students helped Barrie Fire with a fire safety demonstration at Barrie Campus Orientation

Many students moved into residence and met their roommates on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1. Dozens of staff and student volunteers helped direct the multitude of cars and people loaded with boxes.

On Tuesday, all seven Georgian campuses were bustling with Orientation activities including vendor fairs, concerts, free meals, and movie screenings. Students in Bracebridge were treated to a boat cruise, students in Collingwood took part in “get to know you” activities, while students in Owen Sound made friends with therapy dogs. In Barrie, Orientation included a fire safety demonstration.

A Georgian student volunteer leads a fuzzy llama through the walkways at the Orillia Campus

It was a zoo at Orillia Campus Orientation

Wednesday was the beginning of classes for new and returning students. Many faculty members started their courses with ice breakers and games. Returning Owen Sound and Orillia students celebrated extensive renovations to food services. The new Tim Hortons in Orillia was an instant hit.

Staff across Georgian’s many student services teams, from library to counselling, have been working hard to let people know they’re there to help. The First Year Experience team held a contest. Georgian’s Students’ Administrative Council ran a #letmetakeaselfie campaign. And the Awards Office launched a brand new online application system.

As week one draws to a close, Georgian wishes all students, faculty and staff a fantastic fall semester.

A student carefully walking through maze of threads as part of an Amazing Race game

Orangeville students took part in an “Amazing Race” team building Orientation activity