Our September series here at Gradifying is going to be all about Orientation; official events at Queen’s, getting to know the city as a new resident, and other things you want to know about when you’ve just picked up your life to begin a new life stage. Much of this will be geared toward new students, but we also know that some folks who are beginning new programs may not be new to Queen’s or Kingston, and those of you joining us for PhD programs already have the basic layout of graduate life. Keeping that in mind, we’ll have something for everyone.
Today I want to first of all mention that coming up on the week of September 8 there is a suite of events from the SGS and another from the SGPS.
Even for those of us who’ve been at Queen’s for years, it’s not always clear what the difference is between the SGS and SGPS and part of that is about the fact that acronyms and institutions go together like peanut butter and jelly (or PB and salt and just a big spoon, in my case) and there’s only a one-letter difference.
For these reasons, I’ve made a handy decision-making flowchart to answer the question: should you go to the basement of the JDUC (SGPS) or the 4th floor of Gordon Hall (SGS)?
*Just kidding, Solus. See here if you have Solus questions – your online portal to your student account, your class roster if you’re a TF or adjunct, where you apply to graduate, print your T2202a (tuition tax form), etc…
Hopefully this helps some of you, new and veteran, cut out some searching time when you need to access certain information or services. The decision key can be mostly boiled down to this: SGS is the official administration; SGPS is student-run.
For Orientation, SGPS is running a lot of the social events you’re going to want to go to http://www.sgps.ca/orientation/downloads/15-16-oguide-1up.pdf
SGS is going to orient you to your administrative life (resource fair, Photo ID pickup, info for international students, etc.) and offer some professional development (Teaching Development [TD] Day) and campus-wide services (Athletics & Recreation open house) http://www.queensu.ca/sgs/orientation-0
Share from your own personal wisdoms – I-wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now types of things – in the comments below.