The LED lights may be turned off, and the bouncy castles deflated, but the buzz on campus generated by Orientation 2012 is still going.
For new Humber students, O-Week is an opportunity to get acquainted with Humber – the buildings, the services, and exactly when to yell “Hawk YEAH” – before the first day of school.
More than that, though, “O-Week” turns strangers into familiar faces.
“Orientation really shows you what Humber is all about,” says Orientation Team volunteer Christine, a broadcast television/videography student. “Going into a classroom in the first week having already met your fellow students makes the experience that much more enjoyable. You get swept up in school spirit.”
The first step to getting that spirit going was an opening ceremony each morning, complete with Humber swag and plenty of cheers.
While on one of the many campus tours, new students looked forward to starting on their postsecondary journeys – but were also thinking about the future beyond their Humber experience.
“I came to Humber because it was the best college for the program I wanted,” said Rob, going into Sports Management. “I’m looking forward to having the skills to get a good-paying job when I’m done.”
Josh, who’s going into Culinary Skills, was similarly looking to his eventual career.
“I want to get a lot of good experience right from the start,” he says. “Ideally I’d like to own my own restaurant one day.”
From the echoes of “Hawk YEAH” around the gym each morning, to the carnival in a parking lot at the North Campus, to seminars and meet-and-greets, to Spidey the Hypnotist, orientation week went by in a happy blur of the practical and the social.
Take a look at the Humber Students’ Federation’s photos of O-Week.