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How To: Jump The Line and Beat the Traffic On Move-In Day

Michael Kates, Community Manager

With Move-In day just two weeks away, we know that you guys are scratching the final items off your packing list as you’re getting ready to move to Waterloo. We also know that once you get here, that last thing that you’d want to do is sit in traffic trying to get to campus. Unfortunately, due to construction along University Avenue, the closest highway exit to the university is closed. Because of this, the city has provided us with their recommendations on the easiest way to get to campus on move-in day so the process is as smooth as possible.


From Toronto:

  • Take 401 West towards London
  • Take exit 278 to Highway 8 West (toward Kitchener/Waterloo)
  • Take the Highway 7 East exit towards Guelph/Waterloo
  • Follow Highway 7 east, which becomes Highway 85 North to Waterloo
  • Exit on Bridgeport Road East
  • Turn right on Weber Street North
  • Turn left on University Avenue East
  • • Follow University Avenue East across King Street. Turn left into the main entrance of the university at Hazel Street to pick up residence keys, register for LOCUS and receive a printed map to specific residence buildings.

From London:

  • Take the 401 East towards Toronto
  • Take exit 278B/Highway 8 West on to King St. East towards Kitchener
  • Head right onto Highway 8 West towards Kitchener
  • Take the Highway 7 East exit towards Guelph/Waterloo
  • Follow Highway 7 East, which becomes Highway 85 North to Waterloo
  • Exit on Bridgeport Road East
  • Turn right on Weber Street North
  • Turn left on University Avenue East
  • Follow University Avenue East across King Street. Turn left into the main entrance of the university at Hazel Street to pick up residence keys, register for LOCUS and receive a printed map to specific residence buildings.

We feel your pain. Construction sucks. So how do we turn this sucky situation into a better one? With a voucher code, that’s how! Enter the code: CONSTRUCTIONSUCKS under the voucher tab to grab an extra 5 entries. Free tuition will definitely help ease the pain.


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The Definitive guide to meeting new people

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Tyler Murdock, Orientation Week: Head Icebreaker


During my Orientation week three short years ago, an Icebreaker who I had never met approached my new roommates and I during dinner service to ask us what we were most excited for at Laurier. A few of my new friends were caught off guard and passed on the question, but I knew exactly what I was most excited for. It was why I chose Laurier, meeting new people


Small Campus, Great People

I explained to him that I come from a very small town and on my first tour of the Waterloo campus I sensed that same small community feel I get when I sit on my parents front porch at home. His face lit up as he explained to me that after 2 years here the thing that made him fall in love with this school was the feeling of a small community that it offers. He told us how many new people he had met solely because of how passionate and friendly everyone is. As he walked away my roommates and I talked about how impossible it must be for a student to meet so many people that they see a handful of friends everywhere they go on campus each day. We were wrong.


So many opportunities

One of the greatest things Laurier has to offer is the opportunity to meet new people. Whether it’s through clubs, the passionate committees or your fellow students your small classes. This school gives you tons of opportunities to make new friends, starting with your first day at this school.


3 years later? I give the same advice

After three years on the Waterloo campus I would feel 100% comfortable giving that exact same advice to a student during Orientation Week. Whether it’s meeting people in your program, new friends in an elective you’ve taken, even if you join a club on campus and talk to students several years older then you, everyone is always looking to meet new people and talk about experiences they’ve had. Every single student on this campus is passionate about Laurier and shares at least one similar interest with you. When I came from my small high school of 300 people I expected to be overwhelmed by the amount of people at university. But instead I was welcomed with open arms and realized how many different personalities can brighten my day. The people I have met during my time at university have shaped my experience in the best way possible.


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Don’t Get Lost on Campus: Finding your campus 101

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Joanna Sadgrove, O-Week Executive: Volunteer Liaison


Finding your classes can be challenging for some, so we’ve put together a little cheat sheet to help you out! First, I want to tell you a little story about my first day of class and how, well, let’s just say it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped.


That First Day


I always laugh when I think back to my first day of class. Business in the morning then astronomy right after, on the other side of campus. Even though you might not think that the 10-minute gap between classes is enough time, trust me, it’s fine. But let me warn you. If you were planning on grabbing a coffee in the middle, well now you’re just playing with fire. Anyway, heading down to the Science building I find what I thought to be my lecture hall. Get a nice seat in the third row, dead centre. Perfect. Classroom fills up, prof walks in and starts talking about what we will be covering in the course. Things like protons, electrons, neutrons, all fun stuff if you were in a say, chemistry class. Being it my first day, I decided to go with it and start taking notes like everyone else.


The embarrassment


Only after about 25 minutes of confusion, not having a clue about what the prof was talking, did I get the courage to turn to my neighbour and ask him what class this was. He gave me a puzzled looked and whispered Chemistry 110. I slowly slumped into my seat in despair. After about 5 minutes of internally freaking out, I managed to gather my things, take a deep breath and slowly make my way across the aisle to leave the classroom. Thankfully though, I only stepped on about 4 people, which I would say is an accomplishment right?


That Golden Hawk Feeling


The best part of it all? As I was about to exit the prof asks me why I’m leaving. I turn to her and say, “I’m really sorry ma’am. I’m in the wrong class”. She smiles, nods and says “don’t worry, it’s your first day. It happens to the best of us”. Walking out of the class, with a big smile on my face, I realized that’s what the Golden Hawk spirit is all about.


The Low-Down

To find out the classrooms that your lectures take place in, log onto LORIS, and look at your class schedule. Each class should have a classroom code associated with is under the ‘Where’ section. You’ll see each classroom is a mix of letters and numbers. Here’s how to decipher which building they’re in:


Waterloo Campus

The first number usually refers to the floor the room is located on (ex/ N1001 is on the first floor, and BA201 is on the second floor).


Another important building on the Waterloo Campus is the Fred Nichols Campus Centre (aka. The FNCC). In this building you will find things such as the Laurier Bookstore, the 24 Hour Lounge, the Hub printing services desk, and the OneCard Office.


Take advantage of your Icebreakers!


It’s really helpful to go and try find all your classrooms before classes begin. Try to take some time during the first few days of O-Week to walk around campus and try figure out where all your classrooms are. If you’re participating in O-Week, your Icebreakers will be more than happy to help you find classrooms and show you around the campus.


During the first day of classes, there will be Orientation Week volunteers stationed around campus to help you find your way. Feel free to ask them questions, no matter how silly you think your question might be; they’re there to help you!


Still a little confused? Click Here to see a map of the Waterloo Campus with the buildings labeled!

Brantford Campus

Still a little confused? Click Here to see a map of the Brantford Campus with the buildings labeled!


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Waterloo Campus O-Week Schedule



Ready for a sneak peak at your O-Week Schedule? Good, because we’ve got it locked, loaded and ready for you below.


Want your detailed schedule sent to your phone during O-Week? 



Follow our O-Week BBM channel, and we’ll send you the daily schedule, with where you need to be and tips to make the most of your day. Have questions? Just comment on the BBM post and we’ll get you the answer.

Bonus, we’ll include plenty of voucher codes to increase your chances of winning tuition in our O-Week’s Luckiest Student Contest (Hint: There’s one posted for 50 entries as you read this).



Here’s how to follow our BBM Channel:

1. Make sure the you have the latest version of BBM installed. If you’re on an Android you can grab it from the Google Play Store, or the App Store for iPhone. 

2. Choose “Channels” from the Main Menu

3. Choose “Scan to Join” from the Channels Menu

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4. “Favourite” the channel to get notifications when we post an update.

 

WATERLOO O-WEEK 2014 SCHEDULE


Download At-A-Glance Schedule

Sunday August 31

8:00am-2:00pm
Move In & Registration Day 1

3:00-5:00pm
In-Residence Community Meeting

5:00-6:00pm
Meet your Icebreakers!

6:00-8:30pm
On-Your-Own Dinner & Colour Team Meeting

8:30-10:30pm
In-Residence Programming

 

Monday September 1

8:00am-2:00pm
Move In & Registration Day 2 Off-Campus Student Registration

3:00-5:00pm
In-Residence Community Meeting

5:00-6:00pm
Meet your Icebreakers!

6:00-7:30pm
Dinner & Colour Team Meeting

8:00pm-12am
Opening Ceremonies / In-Residence Programming
On-Your-Own Dinner & Colour Team Meeting

8:30-10:30pm
In-Residence Programming

 

Tuesday September 2

8:30-11:30am
Student Success Sessions

11:30am-12:30pm
Double Degree with UW Students: Academic Session

12:30-2:00pm
On-Your-Own Lunch

2:00-6:00pm
Andy Thibodeau & O-lympics

6:00-8:00pm
Dinner & Colour Team Meeting

9:00pm-12:30am
On Campus Celebration feat. Arkells
(Alternative: Movie Night)



 

Wednesday September 3

9:00am-2:00pm
Academic Sessions

2:00-3:00pm
In-Residence: Prep For Classes

3:00-4:00pm
Shane Koyczan: Mental Health Programming

4:00-7:00pm
Shine Time and Class Prep Sessions

7:00-9:00pm
Dinner & Colour Team Meeting

9:00-11:00pm
Game Show Night



 

Thursday September 4

8:00am-4:00pm
Get Involved Fair & First Day of Classes

4:00-8:00pm
On-Your-Own Dinner 

8:00pm-12:00am
Comedy Night

 

Friday September 5

10:00am-4:30pm
Choose Your Own Adventure: Mystery Event & Second Day of Classes

4:30-6:30pm
Chris’ CF Talk & Cheer Off Practice

6:30-7:00pm 
Class of 2018 Photo

7:00-9:00pm
On-Your-Own Dinner 

9:00-11:30pm
Talent Show

 

Saturday September 6

6:00am-3:30pm 
Shinerama presents: Shine Day!

4:00-5:30pm 
On-Your-Own Dinner 

5:30-6:30pm
Last Colour Team Meeting & Cheer Off Rehearsal

6:30-8:30pm 
Cheer Off

8:30-9:30pm
Closing Ceremonies

Brantford Campus O-Week Schedule

Ready for a sneak peak at your O-Week Schedule? Good, because we’ve got it locked, loaded and ready for you below. 

 

Want your detailed schedule sent to your phone during O-Week? 

Follow our O-Week BBM channel, and we’ll send you the daily schedule, with where you need to be and tips to make the most of your day. Have questions? Just comment on the BBM post and we’ll get you the answer.

Bonus, we’ll include plenty of voucher codes to increase your chances of winning tuition in our O-Week’s Luckiest Student Contest (Hint: There’s one posted for 50 entries as you read this).

Here’s how to follow our BBM Channel:

1. Make sure the you have the latest version of BBM installed. If you’re on an Android you can grab it from the Google Play Store, or the App Store for iPhone. 

2. Choose “Channels” from the Main Menu

3. Choose “Scan to Join” from the Channels Menu

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4. “Favourite” the channel to get notifications when we post an update.

 

 

BRANTFORD O-WEEK 2014 SCHEDULE

 

Monday September 1

8:00am-3:00pm
Move In & Registration

3:00-5:30pm
In Residence: Floor Meeting

5:30-6:30pm
Dinner

6:30-9:00pm
Opening Ceremonies

9:00-11:00pm
Residence Programming

 

Tuesday September 2

9:00-11:00am
Know Your Campus Scavenger Hunt

11:00am-12:00pm
Student Success Session

12:00-1:30pm
Lunch with the Mayor

3:00-5:00pm
Mohawk Park Carnival

6:30-7:30pm
Dinner

8:00-11:00pm
Foam Party & Mocktail Mingle

 

Wednesday September 3

10:00-11:00am
Renowned speaker Mike Domish (“Can I Kiss You“) 

11:30am-12:30pm
Shine Time: A look into living with Cystic Fibrosis

1:30-2:30pm
Game Show / Trivia

3:30-5:30pm
Laurier O-lympics

6:30-7:30pm
Dinner

7:30-11:00pm
Concert Night feat. Arkells

 

Thursday September 4

10:00am-4:00pm
Info Fair & First Day of Classes

7:30-9:30pm
Varsity Baseball Game

10:00-11:00pm
Illusionist Ryan Joyce

 

Friday September 5

10:00-4:00pm
Laurientation: Everything you need to know about being a University student & Second Day of Classes

5:30-6:00pm 
Cheer Off

7:00-9:00pm
Talent Show & Shinerama Auction

9:00-11:30pm
Movie Night in Harmony Square

 

Saturday September 6

9:00am-3:00pm
Shinerama presents: Shine Day

7:00-10:00pm
Closing Ceremonies