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Volunteering for Orientation takes place in the 3-4 weeks leading up to each semester.
Orientation Leaders make a new student’s transition to their Canadian College experience positive and exciting!
They help new students in many ways:
- Mentor a small group of new students
- Answer questions
- Facilitate new friendships
- Provide information about Columbia College
- Connect new students with support staff as needed
Before new students arrive at Columbia College for their first semester, we provide a virtual program involving tutorials for the learning platforms used at CC, information sessions about our student support services, as well as fun opportunities to meet other students and make new friends.
On the Friday before the first day of classes, we have Orientation Day at the Columbia College campus. This day is full of exciting face-to-face opportunities! Students can get a campus tour, meet-and-greet with support staff, learn more about student services, connect with students from their program, and more! The day always ends with an exciting activity in the community with the Student Life Coordinator. Past activities include bowling, FlyOver Canada and walking tours in Downtown Vancouver.
Orientation Leaders (OLs) guide a small group of new students through Orientation.
All new students feel nervous on their first day at CC. Think back to what it was like when you were a new student stepping into campus for the first time. OLs play a key role in turning the nervous jitters into excitement and motivation!
Orientation Leaders are critical to a new student’s overall success in their first semester at CC. They facilitate new friendships between new students, provide mentorship and support, and help build a welcoming and friendly CC culture. OLs may be asked to assist with pre-orientation preparation such as binder stuffing or event setup.
- You’ll learn how various departments of CC operate independently and together.
- You’ll develop public speaking, mentorship, facilitation, and teamwork skills.
- You’ll practice virtual event planning skills.
- You’ll learn about the campus resources and opportunities available at CC.
Orientation Leaders help build and support a positive and welcoming community of new students through…
- Outreach to new students before the orientation program
- Mentoring a small group of new students
- Hosting live virtual events and answering questions about what new students can expect
- Informing new students about the campus resources and opportunities available to them
- Assisting with the delivery of Orientation programs
- Facilitating a safe, fun and inclusive group
- Leading icebreakers
- Guiding campus tours
- Engaging with new students to create a positive campus culture