In just one weeks’ time, new Glendonites will be welcomed onto campus for an array of events and workshops to help them put their best foot forward for their university careers.
Glendon’s student services professionals have been working tirelessly this summer to build on their strong history of inclusive, informative, and engaging orientation activities and, this September, will be bringing a host of new and unique initiatives to Glendon’s Class of 2020.
Research has shown that participation in orientation activities is a critical step in a student’s success in university; in fact, there are clear results that demonstrate a powerful link between orientation activities and first-year integration; what’s more, these results show that social and academic integration with campus have a significant effect on students’ persistence and educational attainment.
Orientation week itself offers students an opportunity to connect with the campus community in other ways; from frosh week social events organized by the Glendon College Student Union to specialized receptions for small groups of students and partners, including:
- The annual LGTBQ (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer) & ally reception, an opportunity to connect with members of Glendon’s LGBTQ & allies community
- Parent & family orientation, where Glendonites’ families get to know what to expect from their son/daughter while in university
- Peer mentor breakout sessions including groups for each major, for mature and part-time students, and for francophone students
Adapting to a (not so) new home in Toronto
Glendon International is excited to welcome international and exchange students from across the world for International Student Orientation Day. It will provide international students with important information helping them to settle in and to navigate services and supports at both campuses, their newly found home in Toronto, and how to engage with Canadian culture and student life. Additionally, a welcome reception involving Canadian students, members of the Glendon community, as well as consular representatives will take place in the evening of September 1st.
GO-Day: Glendon’s newly-renamed mandatory orientation event
No orientation programming is truly holistic without academic orientation, and Glendon’s is no exception. The only mandatory orientation event for all new Glendonites, Glendon Orientation Day—or GO-Day—will feature an opening ceremony to officially welcome the class of 2020 to campus, followed by a presentation to build new Glendonites’ sense of belonging, their motivation, and their knowledge of campus resources.
This event is also an opportunity for students to meet with the Principal, their professors, and—in an unprecedented development unique to Glendon— the opportunity to develop personal and academic goals for year-long success with their peer mentor.
More than just the first week
Additional activities are planned throughout the month of September to ensure that first-year students are well-supported throughout their first steps into university life. From activities planned by the Glendon College Student Union to Lion’s Den Peer Mentors positioned throughout campus to provide a friendly face for wayfinding, Glendon’s class of 2020 is, without a doubt, well-positioned for success.
For more information about Glendon’s Orientation activities, visit the Orientation website.