Motivational speeches, online workshops, and social events featured at this year’s school-led online student orientation.

Written by Collin Chau, republished from The Medium

Previously known as O-Week, the University of Toronto Mississauga introduces a virtual method of delivery for first-year students to attend orientation week, or EagleOrientation. Organized by the University of Toronto Mississauga Student Union (UTMSU), the university will hold online events for new students this year from September 8-10.

According to the Centre for Student Engagement’s webpage, this year’s virtual orientation week will include “opportunities to become more familiar with your new campus; to connect with faculty, staff and other students, and discover all the resources, supports, and activities available to you.

The school-led student orientation, whose primary goal is to assist incoming students and their transition to undergraduate studies, is intended to help “make meaningful connections with your peers and professors, learn how to be academically successful, discover valuable resources and supports, and participate in fun activities.”

Should students wish to obtain the September EagleOrientation co-curricular notation, the Centre for Student Engagement’s website states that one must only attend two out of six events.

Hosting strictly virtual events during July and August, activities were facilitated by student volunteers, EagleSquad leaders, who not only organized daily Eagle Squad Huddles but hosted an eight-hour long drop-in Eagle Squad question and answer session on August 18, 2021. This was completed through digital video conferencing platforms Microsoft Live and Acadiate.

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