You already know how to get started with your engagement journey here at York (and if you need a refresher, check out Monday’s blog post about YU Connect). But what is it exactly that you should get involved with while you’re here? What’s available for you here at York?
To put it briefly, the answer is a lot. Seriously. A lot. So much so that it's often quite difficult to decide.
Well, that has been my experience, at least.
But in that case, let me help you narrow it down by telling you all about my top 5 places to look for involvement opportunities. There are certainly more than five, but these definitely stand out for me.
5. Intramurals & Sport York
Do you love sports and/or being active? Well, this is a great place to look for involvement opportunities! Within the intramural program, there are 27 different sports available for you to play, and with the new IMLeagues.com registration system it's easier than ever to join a team (for free, by the way) with your college!
But even if you're not into intramurals, there are many opportunities to get involved within sport york! Volunteer at sports events, apply for jobs within Sport and Recreation (which is currently our campus' largest student employer), or get involved with your college's council or athletics council.
As much as I hate to say it, O-Week doesn't last forever. And very soon, you will have attended all of your orientations (find out which ones to attend here), purchased all of your textbooks, notebooks, and pens, and gone to your first class.
But just because orientation is over, that doesn't mean the feeling of belonging to the York community should stop.
So how can you ensure that you are a part of the York community after orientation (and even for the rest of your time at York)? Well, when I was in my first year, I received some great advice from a RED Zone ambassador that has stuck with me, and it was only three short words:
Just Get Involved!
Alright, you've made it this far. I can already tell that you're excited, and you want to find out more about how you can attend orientation.
But what if everything you knew about orientations was only a third of the truth? What if there is much more to just, simply, 'orientation?'
What if...there were three?
Yes, that's right. There are, in fact, THREE different orientations. And all are in place to help prepare you (and your family) for your upcoming journey to success here at York University.
But why three?
Well, let me first tell you what each orientation is called, so that it might make a bit more sense. In no particular order, they are: Social Orientation (in the past called Frosh week, but commonly referred to today as O-Week), Making Connections (or Academic Orientation), and Family Orientation.
First off, welcome to York University! We are all so excited to have you become part of our fun and diverse community here at York.
So, now that you’re here, where should you start?
The time has come upon us once again: schools out for the summer! Except that is, for those doing summer school, and... those planning ORIENTATION WEEK (frosh week). That's right! Your local orientation chairs, presidents, and council members are at the early planning stages of the fun filled week we've all come to know and love- but they can't do it alone!
Orientation week is never complete without a handy group of orientation leaders. These orientation leaders help out at the events and ensure that all the newly accepted York University students have an amazing time! ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
If so, look below for your respective college. Follow the link for the orientation leader application!
(Disclaimer: Some deadlines have unfortunately already passed and the following are creeping up soon, so apply now!)
Founders College (deadline passed)
Winters College (deadline passed)
Calumet College (deadline passed)
Bethune College (extended until April 30)
York’s Birthday is coming up, next Wednesday March 26th. There are a whole tonne of festivities planned and you are going to want to be there and you are definitely going to want to wear your RED AND WHITE YorkU Gear. If by chance you don’t have any, we’ve got you covered, or rather the Bookstore has you covered.
The Bookstore will be set up at the RED Zone booth in Vari Hall selling $10 T-shirts next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-3pm each day.