President's Message

Dear Residents,

Welcome to residence here at the University of Lethbridge! If it's your first semester here, or your last, or any number in between, you are now an integral part of our warm and welcoming community.

Your time here is best spent when you make the most of it, and the Organization of Residence Students is here to help with that! It is our mission to provide each and every resident with the ultimate residence experience. So, join us in helping to build a community that is worth being a part of-- a community that is inclusive, fun, supportive, and engaging.

I encourage you to take advantage of all the awesome events and initiatives that your Residence Assistants will host for you and your floor! The Vice President of each facility will also put on activities to engage your whole building and facility. You'll find much ORS programming comes from various committees, each with their own unique focus; Residence Wars, Social Programming, Health and Wellness, and Inclusion & Advocacy. I hope you're able to attend the amazing events they'll be coordinating-- Spring Formal, Pride Week, Tug of War, Dog Walking, and so much more. Also keep an eye out for information regarding ORS intramural sport teams as they are a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Living in residence has its benefits, we'll have many sessions and workshops on how to be successful in your post-secondary education. We want to provide the tools and skills to make you as successful as possible here at the University of Lethbridge.

The next bit is all up to you, your roommate(s), and your floormates. Your experience here on residence will be exactly what you make of it - the more you put in, the more you'll get out of it. I know exactly how nervous and anxious you may be, coming into this brand-new environment away from home, but I urge you to take a leap of faith and step out of your comfort zone because it will be an amazing experience! This transition is tough but there are so many resources and smiling RA’s to help you, whatever it may be. Attend events, spruce up your wardrobe with your section's Residence Wars colours, keep your door open, and get to know your neighbours and your section! I guarantee you that this will be a year to remember!

I’m always open to talk or say hello if you see me around campus! Let's have a great year!

John Carter

President, Organization of Residence Students (ORS)