New students to get Smart Start beginning in July

Incoming first-year students have the chance to tap into a trove of Brock knowledge and get a head start on their university journey this summer.

After two years of online programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brock’s Smart Start summer orientation program will resume in-person sessions in July, while also continuing to offer virtual alternatives.

Beginning Tuesday, July 5 and running Tuesday through Saturday throughout the month, the four-hour orientation will feature presentations about information related to the University, such paying fees, getting involved and developing strategies for academic success.

Teghan Hinksman, Brock’s Recruitment Officer of Student Conversion and Transition, said the program’s 17 student staff members have completed weeks of in-depth training to become experts on all things Brock.

“Their experience, dedication and knowledge base makes them highly qualified to assist students through their transition to university,” she said.

Following two years of virtual sessions, Hinksman said there is a buzz in the air that comes with welcoming new Brock Badgers in person.

“It’s exciting to be back on campus this summer and see — face-to-face — how much of an impact our orientation program has on students’ transition to Brock,” she said. “Providing these services creates a more dynamic experience for all and I’m looking forward to welcoming our incoming class with this amazing team.”

In addition to orientation from 9 a.m. to 1 pm., Smart Start will offer optional afternoon drop-in sessions focused on residence tours and off-campus living, student schedule reviews and registration questions.

Hinksman said the day also serves as a way to highlight some of the less tangible aspects of what makes Brock special.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to understand what we always refer to as ‘the Brock experience,’” she said. “There are so many things to see and do here, and Smart Start gives students that extra knowledge to get involved and make a difference.”

To learn more or to register, visit Brock’s Smart Start website.

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