My First Six Weeks

My First Six Weeks is an extension of the orientation and transition initiatives developed for Orientation Week. The purpose of this program is to provide students with the information and skills that they need, when they need it. The content and organization of the weeks is based on the student cycle and student transition.

Students of all years can participate in this programming, but it is targeted towards new-to-Brescia students.

Check out our weekly themes and all the amazing events coming up!

my brescia - September 10-15
BUCSC Clubs Week
September 10-14 from 10am-4pm by the Clare Hall Lounge
Brescia’s various clubs will have booths set up and members available so that students can check out what clubs are on campus, what they do, and have the opportunity to become members!
Brought to you by: The Bresia University College Students’ Council (BUCSC)

“Get Your Hand Up!” with Andy Thibodeau
Wednesday, September 12 from 6pm-7:30pm in the St. James Auditorium
Andy’s magnetic personality and energy will make you feel like you can conquer the world. Get pumped up for the year ahead and be completed entertained by this gifted speaker. Themes of this event include: do more and you get more, getting involved with activities outside of class, the importance of attending class and doing homework, making this place “home”, and having the courage to let yourself learn and have fun!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre and Andy Thibodeau

International Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 13 at 5:30pm in the St. James Auditorium
A welcome, and welcome back to all of our international students. Connect with your peers at this wonderful event; there will be an Indigenous greeting, dinner, and the London Treasure Hunt winner will be announced!
Brought to you by: Christina Lord, International Program Coordinator

Support Spotlight: The Hive


my experience - September 17-21
BUCSC Volunteer Fair
Tuesday, September 18 from 10am-2pm (Location TBD)
Organizations around the London community will have booths set up to share information about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved! Students will have the opportunity to sign up at volunteer organizations that interest them.
Brought to you by: The BUCSC

“Pop” Into the Student Life Centre
Thursday, September 20 from 11am-2pm in the Student Life Centre, St. James, Room 119
“Pop” into the SLC to enjoy some popcorn and learn about the various volunteer opportunities, services, and programs that we offer!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Upstander Training
Friday, September 21 from 1pm-3pm in St. James, Room 302A
A two-hour training on sexual violence general awareness. This training teaches participants how to look out for one another on campus in order to “take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of this place.” Remember: “see something, say something, do something.” This training can be added to your co-curricular record – register today to participate!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Support Spotlight: The Student Life Centre


my diversity - September 24-28
Mid-Autumn Festival
Monday, September 24 from 10am-2pm in the St. James Auditorium
Mid-Autumn Festival is a modern celebration of a centuries-old harvest ritual held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. Join us in celebrating this ancient Chinese and Vietnamese festival!
Brought to you by: Christina Lord, International Program Coordinator

Spirituali-TEA
Every Wednesday (except during academic breaks) from 4:30pm-6pm in the Rose Room, Ursuline Hall
Spritiuali-TEA is an opportunity for Brescia students to come together, to celebrate friendship, and to participate in discussions. During this time, they enjoy fellowship and community while supporting one another. All students are welcome to attend and refreshments are provided.
Brought to you by: Campus Ministry

Canadian Labour Market: Myth vs. Reality
Thursday, September 27 from 12:pm-1:30pm in the St. James Living Room
Are you an international student looking to pursue a paid or volunteer position here in Canada? Come out to this event to learn the truth about the Canadian job market and what you can do to make yourself stand out!
Brought to you by: The Career Peers

Living Life to the Full Program
Starting Monday, September 24 from 2-4pm (6-week program) in Cypress Room, Clare Hall
Through six sessions, participants are taught to deal with feelings of anxiety and hopelessness, and develop the skills needed to address and overcome everyday problems. This program has been shown to reduce the experience of depression and anxiety, increase stress coping skills, and improve problem-solving skills and mood. This event can be added to your co-curricular record – register today to participate!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Mental Health First Aid Training
Friday, September 28 and October 5 from 8:30am-3:30pm in Ursuline Hall, Room 19
A two-day program that will teach you how to best support someone developing or living with a mental health problem, or someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This training provides you with a certificate upon completion and can be added to your co-curricular record. Register today to participate!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Support Spotlight: Christina Lord and Campus Ministry


my wellness - October 1-6
Smiling Minds Meditation
Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am-12pm in Ursuline Hall, Room 256
These drop-in mindfulness sessions focus on being present and living non-judgmentally towards yourself.
Brought to you by: The Wellness Education Peers (WEPs)

Self-Defense Class with Jamie Seabrook
Wednesday, October 3 from 5pm-6pm in the St. James Auditorium
With over 33 years of experience and his own martial arts academy, Jamie is looking forward to teaching students how to overcome the most common attack scenarios using proper technique, timing and leverage so that anyone of any size or athletic ability can safely protect themselves against a larger opponent.
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre and Jamie Seabrook

Pumpkin Carving Contest and Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, October 6 starting at 4pm in the St. James Auditorium
It will be festive, it will be fun, and it will be filling! Join us for the pumpkin carving contest and a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. Prizes and pumpkin carving glory for the winners!
Brought to you by: Christina Lord, International Program Coordinator

Western Wellness Week
October 1-5
In collaboration with Western, the BUCSC and the Wellness Education Peers, there will be a series of events and initiatives throughout the week focused on mental health and wellness. Stay tuned for more details!
Brought to you by: Western, the BUCSC and the Wellness Education Peers

Support Spotlight: Brescia’s Student Wellness Educator, the Wellness Education Peers and Residence Life Staff


my success - October 15-20
Career Peer Resume Workshop
Tuesday, October 16 from 7pm-8pm in the Clare Hall Residence, First Floor Lounge
Need help with your resume? Don’t fret, we’ll come to you! Open to residence and off-campus students, the Career Peers will be facilitating a resume workshop, providing one-on-one resume building support and consultations.
Brought to you by: The Career Peers

Connecting Over Coffee with Academic Advising
Wednesday, October 17 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the St. James Livingroom
The academic year has ramped up into full gear and now is a great time to connect with your Academic Advising Team at Brescia to “check-in” and discuss your progress. Pam, Sarah, Jessica and Jennifer are eager to hear more about how you have performed on your first midterm, the grade that you received on your first assignment, and how you are managing your time in balancing your academics and extra-curricular activities. Starting to feel the pressures of your academic responsibilities? Join us to learn more about supports and services that can help you reach your goals and to continue or to get back on track.
Brought to you by: Academic Advising

Career Peer Drop-In Hours
Wednesdays from 11am-2pm and Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Student Life Centre, St. James, Room 119
Starting September 19, come to the SLC and meet with the Career Peers to learn about how you can improve your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. These upper year students are highly trained and look forward to supporting their fellow students in their career development. Services are available in English, Polish, and Mandarin.
Brought to you by: The Career Peers

Upstander Training
Thursday, October 18 from 5pm-7pm in St. James, Room 302A
A two-hour training on sexual violence general awareness. This training teaches participants how to look out for one another on campus in order to “take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of this place.” Remember: “see something, say something, do something.” This training can be added to your co-curricular record – register today!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Pop-In for Popcorn: Resume 101
Thursday, October 18 from 12pm-1:30pm in the St. James Auditorium Foyer
Munch popcorn, answer fun career development trivia questions, and get some feedback on your resume! A fun and engaging event to get you thinking about your next steps and how to take them.
Brought to you by: The Career Peers

HBK AllyShip Night
Thursday, October 18 (Time and Location TBD)
An event to celebrate our friends in the LGBTQ+ community. Come together to show support for one another and create a network of support and connections between the Western Affiliates.
Brought to you by: The BUCSC

Support Spotlight: The Writing Centre and Book a Librarian


my future - October 22-27
Planning a Pathway After Brescia: Diploma in Management Studies Information Session
Monday, October 22 from 1:30pm-2:30pm in St. James Building, Room 135
Although your education at Brescia has just begun, come and join us to learn more about how you can prepare to continue your career in a Post-Graduate Diploma program in Management Studies. Plan ahead for future admission to this fantastic program which includes opportunities for a paid work placement experience.
Brought to you by: Professor Melissa Jean and Jessica Patterson, Senior Academic Advisor

RBC Student Budgeting Workshop
Wednesday, October 24 from 3pm-4pm (Location TBD)
Not looking forward to financial independence? Looking to stick to a budget? How to budget as a student can be a challenge; attend this workshop to gain valuable information about everyday budgeting, student loans, effectively using credit cards, and to talk get personalized support from a financial advisor. Be sure to bring your budget!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre and RBC

SafeTALK Training
Friday, October 26 from 1:30pm-4:30pm in St. James Building, Room 302
A three-hour training program that prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. This training provides you with a certificate upon completion and can be added to your co-curricular record – register today!
Brought to you by: The Student Life Centre

Support Spotlight: Academic Advising, the Career Peers, and the Student Life Centre