Dearest incoming first years of 2013,
I cannot express how anxious I am for you to arrive. To watch you progress from a person in their new surroundings to a student in their new home is such a privilege and you are in for quite the ride. What you do not know, even if others have tried to tell you, is that you are about to embark on the best years of your life here at Queen’s. I could not have prepared for it back when I was in first year, but now I’m writing this to you knowing that I’ve experienced my best moments, discovered the people who mattered most to me, and found a confidence in myself that I didn’t know existed, all here at Queen’s. Because Queen’s allowed me the space to find that.
And it is not just because of the school, but because of the people I’m surrounded by, the professors who have taught me, the community who has welcomed me and the traditions that have defined my time here. That’s what Queen’s is. There have been ups and downs like there always will be, but at the end of the day, I don’t know if I could see myself happier anywhere else.
Since November of 2012, our committee and student leaders have been working to prepare what will be an amazing introduction to your university experience, because we want you to be just as happy. Whether you are nervous about academics, extracurricular activities, Kingston life, or anything at all — we have the answers to all those questions ready and waiting for you. We have all been there, sitting in our rooms after our parents or guardians have left, wondering what the next few years will have in store for us, butterflies fluttering in our stomachs as they tend to do in moments like those!
Yet, here we are, safe and sound, and ready to let you in on all the tips and tricks you’re going to need to have a happy, healthy, successful and enjoyable time at Queen’s. Our mission is to make sure that you have everything you need to create the experience you deserve, just like the experience that I have been able to mould for myself.
No matter who you are or where you are from, there will always be something for you to take part in during Arts & Science Orientation Week. If it’s rolling around in peat moss and shaving cream, donning your coveralls and learning the Queen’s traditions for the first time, getting to know to your potential profs at Prof Talk, sitting back and enjoying a show like the Hypnotist, or reaching out to Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis during Shine Rally, there are countless and endless ways to get involved.
Come September you will be beginning the best years of your life. It is my job, as well as the job of your frosh leaders, the Orientation Committee, and the four Orientation Chairs to make sure that it starts off in the best possible way. You may not know it, but it’s going to make you feel oh so good.
Love always and Cha Gheil,
Head Gael 2013
About Daniel (ArtSci’ 14): Daniel is entering his fourth year in English Studies at Queen’s. He has been passionate about Orientation week activities since first year, and seeks to help organize an Orientation Week that has something for every person involved and continues to inspire and orient students in their undergraduate lives even after the magical four days of Orientation Week. When he is not involved with Orientation week activities, he is working the campus safe-walk program Walkhome, catching up on his favourite TV show Doctor Who or filming videos to capture the finer moments in life. Twitter: @dgoncalves9