Our orientation creates a sense of community amongst the students
NYIT students get to know the school and city they’ll live in
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In early January, close to 80 students hung suspended, feet dangling before a huge spherical screen as they were whisked across Canada. The simulated flight ride at FlyOver Canada was the conclusion to their orientation at New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) Vancouver campus.
“Our orientation creates a sense of community amongst the students because they realize they are all in the same boat and starting in the same place,” says Logan Lorenz, academic support and student life coordinator, who organizes the two-day event.
Because many of NYIT’s learners are international students, Lorenz says orientation not only serves as a welcome that covers the basics such as essential services but also delves into topics that include culture shock and life in Vancouver.
“These topics are important so that students who may feel isolated understand they aren’t alone,” he says. “And because we have a small campus it also gives us a chance to get to know the students.”
Beyond planning orientation, Lorenz also assists students who are on academic probation and facilitates about 10 events per semester that are designed to get students involved. These gatherings include pizza lunches, sporting events such as Whitecaps games, hiking, day trips to Whistler as well as cultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year or Diwali.
“The events get students out to see something different and ensure they socialize,” he says. “They create academic-social life balance.”
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