Every September, Laurier plans an Orientation week for new and returning graduate students so they can become familiar with Laurier’s campus, departments, community, and programs. Each year the programming looks a little bit different, but students are guaranteed to meet new students, staff and faculty in their own departments, and from other programs that will be there to support them throughout their graduate student experience.
Last year, we invited new and current graduate students to ‘Explorientation’ where we navigated our collective graduate student experience. This was an opportunity for students to become oriented to Laurier, the Graduate Students’ Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo community, and to each other!
The GSA offered free programming all week on all campuses. Registration included: a foodie tour featuring a variety of local restaurant cuisines, some organized coffee meet-ups, running, meditation, pick up soccer, and frozen yogurt gatherings, entrance to our annual Patio Party at Veritas café complete with a live musician, Mandippal, a late night DJ, the Fo’Cheezy Food Truck and S’mores, plus canoeing on the Grand River!
Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (GPSS) 2014
In past years, staff members in the Laurier community have come together on the GPSS Steering Community to plan and coordinate orientation and professional development opportunities for new and returning graduate students as well as teaching and instructional assistants (TAs/IAs).
Registration included: access to 13 different concurrent sessions designed to address your most pressing questions as your begin your graduate degree, Laurier SWAG to welcome you into our community, three social events (speed-networking aboard the Waterloo Central Train, a team based Kitchener-Waterloo Region scavenger hunt, and our annual Patio Party in Veritas Café), a keynote and closing address from Dr. Penelope Ironstone, and meals throughout the program.