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Week of activities proves welcoming for new and returning students

Online events helped students to get to know their faculty, the Windsor community, and each other, during Welcome Week, Sept. 5 to 12.

Organizers hope that the activities to foster virtual connections will serve as an example for students to form connections through the school year.

Rebecca Burkoski, orientation programming assistant for the Student Success and Leadership Centre, expressed appreciation to all participants.

“In a challenging time such as this, we are very grateful for everyone that came together to make this happen,” she said.

Among the highlights were the Battle of Faculties, a virtual bake-off, a Netflix streaming party, a yoga night, program orientations, and the welcoming celebration. First-year engineering student Joseph Kobti won a draw at that last event for a $4,000 tuition waiver courtesy of the Alumni Association.

The Virtual Involvement Fair enabled new students to experience the clubs and societies that UWindsor has to offer, creating opportunities to share interests and form lasting friendships.

Fourth-year biology major Sara Knezevic said she enjoyed the variety on offer.

“Welcome Week is a great way for students to connect with their peers as well as upper-year students and create life-long friendships,” Knezevic said. “It's awesome to help calm some nerves and have some fun before classes start as well.”

—Bridget Heuvel