This year, AUB welcomed a batch of new students with the orientation program from August 22 to 25. Students face various problems, and little change is seen from year to year.
The program aims to introduce students to the various aspects of university life, including the registration process and campus facilities, with the help of student guides, staff, and faculty members.
This year, the guide to student ration was approximately 1:5, with 391 guides delegated to aid the 2156 new students. Ali Zeineddine, student Head of Guides for the Fall orientation said,“volunteers who sign up as student guides for the orientation must attend a training session and those who don’t are eliminated.”
Students found the guides helpful and easy to approach, as they were once students and were able to relate to the experiences of the new students.
The guides, in cooperation with the IT department, taught students how to use the new AUBsis. Jana Sweidan, a sophomore CCE major said, “I found it very useful that we practiced using AUBsis.”
Some students suggested that more than one training session is needed, to ensure that the guides were dedicated and informed well enough to aid students more effectively.
Nour Najjar, an FAS biology student said, “I got lost a couple of times before eventually getting to know the building locations.” She added that she found the orientation beneficial in that important information regarding students’ rights and responsibilities were addressed, but she remained unfamiliar with the campus.
The orientation program lacks a campus tour, and with the multiple routes from upper to lower campus, new students are bound to find it difficult to navigate. With the guides increasing in number each year, some students suggested that guides show the students around the main campus buildings or cooperate with the AUB Visitors’ Bureau to facilitate this process.
Many students complained that the information delivered in the Assembly Hall lecture was uninteresting. While the information is both useful and important to know, the way in which it is delivered can be enhanced.
Sweidan suggested that the speech be divided according to departments, so as to allow them to be familiar with other students in their majors prior to the start of the semester.
The Olayan School of Business (OSB) took a different approach. Ice breaking activities and games were introduced, with hopes of them being applied in other faculties.