Preparing for your first term at Camosun College
With back to school season on the horizon, Camosun College is preparing to open its doors to thousands of new and returning students. From Academic Advising to Counselling and much more, the college’s Student Affairs department is ready to help students succeed even before they first arrive on campus.
“New this year is that we’ve launched a portal—camosun.ca/orientation—for students to learn about the variety of services that are available to orient them and welcome them to campus,” explains Camosun’s Director of Student Affairs Evan Hilchey.
The new portal takes a ‘one stop shop’ approach and highlights efforts to coordinate and streamline services for students, easing their transition to campus life.
“With the creation of the Student Affairs department in September 2018, we administratively brought together a number of services and supports to coordinate them in a more holistic way,” says Hilchey. “That includes Academic Advising, Counselling, the Office of Student Support, the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and new to the department this September, the Centre for Accessible Learning as well.”
From the first day on campus through class assignments and right to graduation, Student Affairs works to help students as they progress along their educational journey.
As Director of Student Affairs, Hilchey has some top tips for students to set themselves up for success.
“Think about the type of experiences you’d like to have on campus and get involved with clubs and organizations that align with your passions,” he says. “Talk to your instructors, they are ready to help and can clarify things like course content and assignments; and finally, don’t be afraid to seek support through the variety of services on campus such as academic advising and the writing centre, there’s a lot of support on campus and we’re all here to help you succeed.”
Current Marketing student and Student Affairs summer co-op orientation and transitions assistant Stephanie Boucher agrees and enthusiastically invites students to take part in orientation activities in September. “During the first week of classes there is Welcome Week and CamFest, hosted by the Student Society,” she says. “It’s a great way to start at Camosun with free food, making new friends and meeting your instructors. You won’t want to miss it!”
For new students, check out the new Student Affairs Orientation portal.
For returning students, the new ‘get ready’ webpage outlines tons of exciting new activities and services to explore.
Evan’s top tips for new students:
- Get involved
- Talk to your instructors
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Last updated: August 14, 2019 3:46 pm