Hello everyone, and welcome to the University of Lethbridge! Whether you are just starting a new chapter, returning for another year, or working toward finishing your degree, know that we are unbelievably excited to have you here as a member of the residence community!
Living on campus is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can become part of a diverse community filled with so many unique individuals. You will have many opportunities to establish meaningful friendships that last a lifetime, and who knows, you might even find your best friend! To make your stay in residence the best experience possible, the ORS council will be hard at work throughout the year to provide recreational activities, wellness, and support, answer questions about living on campus, and work to provide you with a community that is welcoming, safe, inclusive, and FUN!!
Even though our campus is a little smaller and cozier, I can absolutely promise you that there will almost always be something happening on campus! Whether it be your RAs hosting a floor event or meeting, your VP putting on a facility-wide event, or myself putting on a residence-wide event, we’ll make sure to keep you entertained throughout the year! We also have several different internal committee structures within ORS – Cabaret, Health and Wellness, Residence Wars, PEP, and Inclusion and Advocacy – that aim to provide specific programming around their focus area. Previously, some of these have included a giant game of Tug’o’war, weekly intramurals, a Mario Kart tournament, Winter Formal, plant and paint night, and so many more. Alongside this, be sure to also keep an eye out for educational and wellness workshops that will provide you with essential life hacks for your time here at ULeth!
The residence experience is truly what you make it, and the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it! Although it can be a little bit scary, the first step to making your time here the best it can be is putting yourself out there and embracing vulnerability. So with that said, reach out to your roommate, go to that floor event, attend that cabaret, and get involved, and I promise you your journey will be that much more special. Believe me when I say I completely understand how nervous or anxious you might be at the sound of all that– first-year me sure was! However, I can promise you that taking that next step and venturing out of your comfort zone is so incredibly worth it, and remember, this was coming from an incredibly shy first year! So, let’s do it – let’s build a strong community that celebrates all of us and make this year one we’ll remember for a lifetime!
I am so unbelievably excited to connect with all of you throughout the year! Until then, stay peachy folks.