By: Via Reyes
UPEI’s New Student Orientation 2015 kicked off last Saturday, September 5th, with Welcome Day activities happening all throughout campus. NSO is a great week filled with fun activities and sessions intended to aid new students arriving on campus in their transition into university life.
This year’s program is almost completely different in comparison to the previous years, one of the more notable differences being the name change from Orientation Week back to New Student Orientation. The Cadre had the opportunity to speak with Pierce Smith, this year’s NSO coordinator, to talk about more of these changes and the journey the week has been so far.
“We made it something completely new this year and really it was because we wanted to know why we were doing things. In the past we kind of did things because we always did them but this year we really had three big goals: academic prep, community building, and health and wellness.”
One of the new events that targeted the three main goals Pierce mentioned was the SnapChat Challenge, where participants get to run around campus with their team and learn more about campus and where everything is located. Another cool event was the session held at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre where everyone got to meet with the Athletics and Recreation department and hear of all the services and intramurals they offer this year. Some of the other big events included the NSO Kick-Off, Casino Night, a toga party, and Colour Me: UPEI, where everyone ends up getting covered in chalk paint at a dance party and washing off with a Slip-n-Slide after.
NSO will conclude tomorrow with Shine Day, a day dedicated to raising money towards Shinerama, Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada; a highlight of Orientation Week at UPEI.