Congratulations to all future condors, beginning their college journey this upcoming school year! Welcome to Conestoga College!
I am beyond excited, yet nervous. If you’re anything like me, you’re nervous as you think about this new environment, as well. High school often resembles a student’s comfort zone, and now, you will be surrounded by new friends, professors, and responsibilities – as well as a larger campus than you’re used to! However, along with this comes new opportunities.
Let me tell you, it’s okay to be nervous about your first year, and even the first day. It’s every new students first day too, so you aren’t alone! Likely, they are all feeling the same way.
Through speaking with others entering their post-secondary education pathways this upcoming school year, I have begun to notice a trending topic – the transition from high school to college. In reality, there isn’t necessarily the right way to transition from high school to college, nor is there a wrong way. Every incoming Condor has a unique background and naturally adapt in different ways.
I will be sharing advice on how you and I can successfully (and smoothly) navigate the transition from high school to college.
Whether this is from a teacher or other students, Conestoga is home to a supportive environment. I certainly will be needing assistance finding my way around the school, at least for the first few weeks.
Joining on-campus clubs and organizations that reflect your interests is a great way to begin making new friends! They also give you a break from schoolwork and give you the opportunity to take part in something you enjoy.
Conestoga’s orientation is designed to make your transition to college as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Orientation helps set you up for success at Conestoga. The Orientation Week Schedule allows you to select your program from a dropdown menu, and view your orientation date, as well as a schedule of events.
In addition, Conestoga College offers a Family and Friends Orientation. Family and Friends Orientation is designed as a separate session to assist family and friends on how to best support students as they successfully transition to college. There are multiple different sessions, and those interested must sign up.
As well, there is information regarding the International Student Orientation, LGBTQ2+ Welcome Night and Indigenous Student Welcome Night found on the Orientation Week Schedule. Those interested must sign-up through the links found on the webpage.
College will be full of new experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Keep the above tips in mind, and your transition will be a success.
Remember, you are not alone! It’s every new students first day (including mine).