Move-in kicks off annual orientation week
More than 3,500 first-year students are preparing to move into the university’s 16 residence buildings on Sunday, September 4. The big move, which will result in some re-routing of streets near main and west campus, kicks off the university’s annual orientation week, as well as its annual Shinerama drive to raise money for cystic fibrosis.
“It’s going to be a very busy day on campus,” says Libby Hearn, Manager, Residence Admissions. “Over 90 per cent of first-year students choose to live in residence, so we’ll be seeing lots of new faces in the community.”
Residence staff has been working throughout the summer to plan move-in day – preparing bedrooms, answering a myriad of questions, and organizing staff and upper year students to greet new students and their parents when they arrive. Parents can attend information sessions and ask questions at parent booths set up at each of the dining halls. To keep everyone’s energy up, a complimentary brunch is provided to all students and their families.
Some streets around the residences will be re-routed as one-way on Sunday to accommodate the extra traffic throughout the day. A map showing the routes and affected streets is available on the Residences website.
Move-in day signals the beginning of a week-long orientation, which features both residence and faculty activities. The Shinerama fundraiser is a familiar activity in downtown Kingston, with teams of students offering shoe shines in return for donations to fund cystic fibrosis research. The event introduces new students to volunteering in the Kingston area – statistics indicate that more than 80 per cent of Queen’s students end up volunteering in the community by the time they graduate.
For students and their parents, move-in day is a memorable one. “Students tell us that their residence community is a big part of the university experience,” says Ms. Hearn. “We’re looking forward to welcoming them to their new home.”