Dear Arts & Science class of 2017,
Welcome to your new home, Queen’s University. You, like many before you, are about to embark on an exciting four year journey at a school which predates the foundation of Canada by 26 years.
We at the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society – your faculty student government – are excited to meet you. Our organization is committed to enhancing the academic experience of undergraduate students by organizing events such as this Orientation Week. Between our six commissions, Orientation Week, and Summer Camps, ASUS offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities to all students.
You are probably reading this right now with an incredible amount of excitement. We too, remember that feeling. We also remember that one of the most thrilling parts of entering university was wondering about how to get involved. This is where ASUS comes in. This fantastic student government has something for everyone. We have a Marketing commission for those interested in public relations, graphic design and social media. It helps to promote all the services and initiatives that ASUS provides to students. Our Community Outreach commission has opportunities to fundraise and promote awareness on mental health and diseases, as well as organizing volunteer time to help those who are less fortunate in the Kingston community. The Services commission is for those who want to help continue and grow the revenue-generating services that ASUS provides to students (i.e. selling Arts and Science jackets). The Equity and Diversity commission, the newest commission, strives to promote awareness on issues of justice and fairness. The Academics commission is made up of students who love to improve the academic experience of all Arts & Science students by taking active steps to advocate for initiatives that enhance everyone’s quality of education. Lastly, our Internal Affairs commission is for people who are interested in facilitating the processes which govern the society, including interpreting the ASUS Constitution and Policy.
The ASUS executive will be at a lot of events during the week wearing black shirts – say hi if you see one of us, we’re students just like you and we’re really looking forward to meeting you.
ASUS Orientation week is a very memorable time at Queen’s. Dive in and take advantage of all the resources made available to you! Make new friends and reach out and speak to others. The week can feel overwhelming but don’t forget that every other student on campus has felt the same nervous and excited feeling as you on their first day of class. We are all part of the Queen’s Community and that alone makes you have something in common with everyone at this school.
If you want more information about what exactly ASUS does and you don’t get a chance to talk to us during the week, check out www.queensASUS.com, find us on Facebook at “Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University”, or stop by our office, The ASUS Core at 183 University Ave. (the building with the red porch) if you have any questions.
Congratulations! You’re about to start a new chapter in your life.
Duc Mentum Ad Libertatum
Irfan Tahiri – ArtSci ’14,