Orientation & Transition
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.