8 Strategies for Building the Power of Belonging at Your University for First-Year Students

8 Strategies for Building the Power of Belonging at Your University for First-Year Students

The first year of university can be a challenging transition for students. There’s an increase in responsibilities, a brand new social environment, and often no safety net to soothe related anxieties. This difficult adjustment period can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially without robust on-campus support. It’s a problem that’s increased over the pandemic and one that must be addressed at the beginning of the academic year. Implementing dynamic strategies helps foster a sense of community and social belonging for first-year students. In doing so successfully, you’ll create an environment where students feel welcome and safe, therefore setting…
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Break the Ice: 10 Ice Breaker Ideas For Your New Student Orientation

Break the Ice: 10 Ice Breaker Ideas For Your New Student Orientation

For most students, college orientation is one of their first tastes of life outside of the protective high school bubble. The pressure is on! Not only do students feel a little lost in a sea of faces, but they’re also trying to look like they’re ready to conquer the world. After all, image is vital to survival. As part of the student success team, you can help relieve the pressure. Bring a fun, relaxed vibe to your next new student orientation. Here is how you do it with ice breakers: Reception Line Relay In the spirit of “speed dating,” divide…
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8 Ways to Strengthen Peer Leadership Communication

8 Ways to Strengthen Peer Leadership Communication

As a new student at a new school, it can be an overwhelming transition. From not knowing where key spots are located, as well as not knowing anyone on campus - this is where peer leaders play a crucial role in welcoming incoming students. In the midst of COVID-19, it can be even more challenging for the Class of 2024 to get acquainted with the community. How do you build an environment where students feel a connection to their new university?  When planning a virtual orientation, orientation peer leaders can leverage multiple efforts online to help engage, communicate, and connect…
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