First-year students getting settled at Brock

As the fall term got underway this week, Brock University crackled with the energy of more than 18,000 students. The hallways bustled with students coming and going, the vast parking lots jammed with cars and all 2,400 residence rooms were filled.

It was a major change of pace for first-year students getting a taste of life on a busy university campus.

“The lectures are really scary, with something like 600 students,” said first-year Community Health student Samantha Fenelon, 19. “But, I’m already getting used to it.”

After graduating from Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines, Fenelon said she knew Brock was where she wanted to be.

“It’s a really good school and everyone I know goes here,” she said.

St. Catharines Collegiate graduate Adeebah Zain, 18, chose Brock for its accounting program.

“It’s the best school for accounting,” she said.

The first few days were confusing because of the size of campus and Zain said navigating her way around has taken some getting used to. But, she’s been impressed by how helpful everyone is, including her professors.

“You might have heard that professors have no time but when you have questions, they are there to help you,” she said.

First-year Computer Science student Alexander Simonits, 18, of Hamilton, said he is at Brock because his program offers co-op placements. He attended a few O-Week events and said he’s already making friends and enjoying life in residence. And, he’s been pleasantly surprised by how much he likes his professors.

Alexander Simonits headshot

Alexander Simonits

“They are more interesting than I thought. The professors seem really engaged in what they are talking about,” he said.

Beth Natale, Director of Recruitment and Retention, said although classes are underway, it’s not too late to register for the fall term. But, she said anyone interested in attending classes should act quickly.

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