August 26, 2014

Make Lasting Friendships on Campus

Worried about making friends on campus? The U of A Community Social Work team shares advice for creating lasting friendships. 

Whether your are entering your first year or returning for your last, the beginning of the semester is always an exciting and busy time. There are dozens of different things on your mind, and making new friends is probably one of them. We've seen the movies with images of university as the setting to make life-long friends.

And guess what? You can make those friends!

But (yup, there’s a but), you have to put energy and effort into this. Making friends in university may not be as easy as it was in high school -- where you saw many of the same people for six hours every day. Building friendships in university means being a bit more vulnerable and putting yourself out there.

Why is it important to talk about making friends and being connected with others?
We know from the National College Health Assessment, completed by students in 2013 at the University of Alberta, that 62.5% of respondents felt very lonely in the past 12 months. That’s a lot of people on our university campus feeling lonely.

August 21, 2014

Welcome Home! Making Your Move to Residence Unforgettable

Moving into your new home in residence this semester? Brock Richardson, Acting Assistant Dean of Students, Residence Life, shares his insights on what to expect and tips to make living in residence a positive experience.

Move-in day is almost here, and the U of A will be filled with the enthusiasm and anticipation of new and returning students. Whether this is your first year or your last, you may be feeling overwhelmed, excited, nervous — or a combination of all three. This busy time can leave you feeling uncertain and anxious, and you may have many questions as you begin this new academic year. 

There are lots of things you can do to make the most of Move-In Week at the University of Alberta and your time living in residence.

August 15, 2014

U of A Undergrad Orientation: A Great Place to Start!

Edward Spink, USD Coordinator with Orientation 2014 shares how the Orientation experience can help you make the most of your transition into university life. 
“Where are my classes?”
“Will I meet people?”
“Why is my mom cooler than I am?”
If you’re new to the University of Alberta, chances are you have at least one of these questions on your mind. Look no further for the answers --  this is where Orientation comes in.

Orientation is a great opportunity to learn about your new school from academic, administrative and social perspectives. As you integrate into campus life and the university procedures, you will: make new friends, get to know the different groups on campus, find out where your classes are, and decide how you want to live your U of A life. We have great presentations, tours, and activities lined up for you to learn about all of these things!