Orientation & Transition

 

Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentors
FAQs

Orientation Week

We are so excited to welcome all incoming students to Brescia!

We are currently working hard to organize an amazing experience for all New-to-Brescia students. Please check back throughout the summer for more information, as we will be updating this page on an ongoing basis.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, or want a general overview of our Orientation Program and how it will contribute to your transition to university, please go to the Western Orientation page or contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.

Stay tuned for more details!

 

Soph Peer Mentor Team

When you arrive on Brescia’s campus this fall for Orientation Week, you will be greeted by enthusiastic, friendly, and helpful student peer mentors called ‘Sophs’.

What is a Soph?

Sophs are upper-year peer mentors who have dedicated themselves to welcoming incoming students to Western and the Affiliate University Colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s). Between the Affiliate University Colleges and Western, there are approximately 800 ‘Soph’ student leaders divided into Residence, Affiliate, Faculty, Off-Campus, Charity, and Info teams.

Sophs are carefully selected and trained to ensure the positive orientation and transition of each incoming student. Your Brescia Soph Peer Mentors are your leaders, resources, supports, and friends throughout Orientation Week and the rest of the year.


Soph Peer Mentor Program

As a new-to-Brescia student, you will be assigned to a small group of other new-to-Brescia students. Your group will be led by a Soph Peer Mentor whom you will meet and get to know during Orientation Week.

After Orientation Week, your Soph Peer Mentor will maintain regular contact with you and your small group over the year in order to help you transition successfully to life at Brescia. Your Soph Peer Mentor Team will provide a support network for you in areas related to your academic, social, and personal development. They will connect you to the resources and services every student should know at Brescia and Western.

If you have any questions about the Soph Peer Mentor Program, contact the Student Life Centre at: bucstudent.life@uwo.ca or the Head Soph at odirector@bucsc.ca.

Soph applications will be available January 2018 on http://www.oweek.ca/. For more information join us at one of our information session’s during open recruitment.

Frost Week

The winter version of O-Week happening the first week of class in January each year. There are lots of programs happening all week to welcome you back to campus and help you reconnect with your Soph Peer Mentors and campus resources. Connect with your Soph Peer Mentors and Brescia University College Students’ Council to learn more.

For more information about Brescia Orientation and Transition, check out the FAQs below! These FAQs will be updated on an ongoing basis as we confirm more information and dates. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.

What will I be doing at Orientation Week?
We are currently developing a detailed schedule of events – stay tuned!

Am I allowed guests during O-Week?
Parents, guardians, family members and guests are invited to participate in move-in festivities, for those living in residence. The remainder of the week’s activities will be restricted to students who have an O-Week bracelet (O-Pass).

When and where can I pick up my O-Pass?
O-Pass pick-up details are as follows:
Monday, September 3 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Kiosk
Tuesday, September 4 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Kiosk
Wednesday, September 5 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Thursday, September 6 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Friday, September 7 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive

Please note that you must present your Western ONECard or your student number and a piece of government photo ID (i.e., drivers license, health card, or passport) in order to pick up your O-Pass.


I was not assessed the O-Pass fee but would like to participate in Orientation programming; how do I opt-in?
New-to-Brescia students can opt-in to participate in Orientation Week until Friday September 7 at 4pm. To opt-in, please fill out the O-Pass Opt-In Form. Your eligibility to participate will be assessed during business hours. Check the “When and where can I pick up my O-Pass?” section for more details.

Please note that by submitting the O-Pass Opt-In Form the $100 Orientation Pass Fee will be added to your student account. The O-Pass grants you access to Brescia’s 2018 Orientation Week programming, as well as certain Western University Orientation Week programming. The Business Office will be processing changes to student accounts due to opt-ins/opt-outs during the month of September.


I was assessed the O-Pass fee but am unable to participate in Orientation programming; how do I opt-out?
New-to-Brescia students can opt-out of participating in Orientation Week until Friday, August 31st at 4pm. To opt-out, please fill out the O-Pass Opt-Out Form.

Please note that by submitting the O-Pass Opt-Out Form you will be unable to participate in Brescia’s 2018 Orientation Week Programming, as well as Western University Orientation Week programming. If you are eligible to opt-out of Brescia’s 2018 O-Week, a credit of $100 will be added to your student account. The Business Office will be processing changes to student accounts due to opt-ins/opt-outs during the month of September.


I'm a Brescia student, but can I attend Main Campus/Huron/Kings events?
As a Brescia student you have access to any event here at Brescia, and events from other constituencies (i.e., Western Campus, Huron, Kings, and the various Western faculties and residences) that are open to all students. However, there are certain events that are only for students who belong to that constituency; it will be made clear on the Orientation Week schedule what events you are able to attend as a Brescia student.

I am an Off-Campus student, how long will I be on campus each day?
We would love for all of our Off-Campus students to engage in as much Orientation Week programming as possible. Events will take place all day with meal breaks and down time. If you plan on being on campus for the majority of the day, please be sure to prepare meals ahead of time or bring money to purchase food, check the weather, and be sure to check out the O-Week schedule each day.

I noticed that Orientation Programming goes on quite late each night; is it safe to be out on campus late at night?
Every Orientation event is organized and attended by trained Orientation Staff, Soph volunteers, and security (for larger late-night programs) to ensure the safety and security of all student participants. Sophs will also be available at the end of late night programming to accompany students back to Brescia campus. All events held during Western and Brescia’s Orientation Week are dry and do not involve the sale or consumption of alcohol thereby promoting a safer and more inclusive community for all participants.