titleBy Jason JIANG(Lee Shau Kee Hall)

In our Student Residence there are three groups of students coming this semester: returning students who have lived here before; freshmen who are eager to discover hall life; and exchange and non-local students who have come to here to experience Hong Kong and CityU. No matter which group you belong to, orientation activities provide you with a great opportunity to meet new friends, adjust to the new environment and get yourself socially connected with other residents. What’s more, this year we have another aim, which is to ensure residents’ physical health and well-being.

Orientation at a university refers to a variety of events and social activities to orient and welcome new students. The orientation at the Student Residence started already with the check-in procedures in late August. A temperature check counter was set up at the check-in hall to ensure that residents checking in were in good health and to heighten public awareness of health.  All student helpers wore a surgical mask. But the masks were special ones with a smiling sticker which gave residents and their parents a warm welcome when they were checking in.

Each resident checking in was given a welcome pack. It had numerous treasures, including a reusable bag, two whiteboard markers, a first-aid plaster case, a notebook, a Handbook for Residents and an ice-cream coupon sponsored by Homey Kitchen.  Residents had a good and warm taste of welcome in joining the Welcome & Food Tasting Party hosted by Homey Kitchen on 4 September 2009. All these elements formed a core part of the Welcome Week bearing the 3-S theme - “Share, Smile & Shine”.

At the start of the new housing year, every Hall will organise orientation nights (O’ Nights) or orientation camps (O’ Camps). You can get to know your hall master, floor tutors, hall-mates and forthcoming hall activities. There is nowhere else you can get so much information as from these orientation activities. So go and register with your tutor or sign up at the registration counter set up by the Residents’ Association at your Hall’s lobby.

This year the planning job of Residents’ Associations and Residence Tutors in organising their O’Nights or O’Camps is very challenging because of the threat of Influenza A H1N1. In order to prevent a possible outbreak of Influenza Pandemic, the student organisers are taking extra care and attention in devising suitable ways of carrying out activities and making logistic arrangements.  

Orientation gives people a good start and a warm welcome. This year the hall orientation activities carry health messages and good wishes to all residents. 

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