Re/Orientation: Graduate Welcome and Resources Fair

Bullet points:

  • Pancakes
  • You got questions? The SGS has answers
  • Campus and community resource fair
  • Tours
  • Accessibility

If you’ve already been here (at Queen’s) for a while, don’t skip ahead assuming this post isn’t for you. Our August post series is going to be about getting back into the swing of things; hence re/orientation. Whether you’ve put down roots in Kingston or whether you’ve come from away with a couple of bags and no friends and family, we at Gradifying—me, Dustin, Jeremy, and Amanda—are here for you. Where is here? Well, not a bricks and mortar location, exactly, but we’re always only a comment or an email (gradify@queensu.ca) away—and do say hi if you see us on campus.

One of the things we thought you should know about is the Graduate Welcome and Resources Fair on Tuesday, September 2nd. Don’t confuse this event with the ones put on by the SGPS; this resource fair is hosted jointly by the School of Graduate Studies (the administrative home of all grad programs), plus Student Affairs (the administrative branch that takes care of non-academic student services), and the SGPS (Society of Graduate and Professional Students, which is our representative body). It’s free and then some—you’ll find complimentary pancakes on offer between 8 and 9 in the morning outside the back of the Physical Education Centre (between the PEC and the Queen’s Centre). It’s for new and returning students alike.

Photo Credit: Alex Choi

Photo Credit: Alex Choi

Why would you want to go? Maybe you’re plagued by a nagging feeling that you’re overlooking something necessary in all this business of starting up—a step in the course registration process, an application for funding, a form for health and dental care—and you know the information is out there for the searching, but the sheer volume of instructional material is a bit overwhelming. Why not come and talk to some live human beings who can answer your questions about covering all your bases? Even if you’ve done it all before, a year gives you plenty of time to forget administrative details. This part happens post-pancakes, from 9am – 10am in the Bartlett Gym, at the Physical Education Centre​ (PEC). You’ll see a presentation with an overview of what you need to know, what resources are available to you, and then you can satisfy your curiosities in the Q&A period.

Photo Credit: Joel Nicholson. This is what your orientation experience might be like if you were an undergrad. (For more, see Atif's post on Queen's notorious purple people from a previous summer). As a grad student, the bonding is a little less ritualistic, but don't let that make you think that there isn't a community here waiting for you.

Photo Credit: Joel Nicholson.
This is what your orientation experience might be like if you were an undergrad. (For more, see Atif’s post on Queen’s notorious purple people from a previous summer). As a grad student, the bonding is a little less ritualistic, but don’t let that make you think that there isn’t a community here waiting for you.

Just after this, from 10am – 12pm in the PEC’s Ross Gym, will be a resource fair. With 37 different booths representing organizations from campus and the wider Kingston community, this part will be of interest both to you as a student and to you and your family as residents of this city. Wondering where this mysterious PEC is? If you can find your way there using this campus map, then after the resource fair you can take a guided tour of the campus to give you the feel for where it is in relation to everything else. This accessibility map shows you that if you’re using a mobility device, you should enter the PEC from the back.

If someone could fry up this little monster, it would really make my morning.

If someone could fry up this little monster, it would really make my morning.

Now, don’t forget, there are pancakes in the mix, so if you would be so kind, why not help the organizers get a sense of how much batter to make by completing this registration.

Take a look here at some other events coming up just after this day.

Is there something about starting up again in the fall that you’d like us to talk more about? Start the conversation in the comment section below or email us and let us know. We want to use our experience to save you the hassle of sifting through reams of pamphlets and pages.

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2 comments on “Re/Orientation: Graduate Welcome and Resources Fair
  1. Colette says:

    Thanks for promoting this. It is well worth it everyone. Entrance for everyone will be from the back of the PEC and that is where you get your pancakes before going into the gyms. Hope to see you all there and please let me know you are coming by registering. If you decide at the last minute, still come along and hopefully there will still be enough pancakes for everyone. If anyone has special dietary requirements, send me an email. I will bring some other snacks along for you, but I need to know what your restriction is.
    Until then, enjoy the rest of summer!
    Colette

  2. Dawn Cole says:

    Hey guys,

    Love the blog! As for topics, how about suggestions for grad students on typical Queen’s experiences? Anything “must-see/do” before graduating?

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