“The purpose of [the orientation] is to welcome students enrolling in winter quarter,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, the director of El Centro Latino. “[We] let them know what kinds of clubs we have, what kind of programs we have, what kind of resources we have at BC, and make them feel welcome and make them look forward to working with us.”
There were several workshops throughout the day on topics such as financial aid, and academic advising, but aside from getting information about the logistical aspects of BC, ASG Campus Life and Events Representative Keturah Anderson says that students have the opportunity to explore the Student Programs department: “We had about 60 different clubs who came through and set up their tables to present to new students…what their club is about so as soon as students get enrolled, they can join the clubs as well.” According to Gonzalez, most of the new members of student programs come from the orientation and open house.
Gonzalez considered the event a success: “I think they really liked it because they learned about Bellevue College in a different way. It’s not just about classes. [Students] had a great opportunity to meet people and interact with one another.”
Clubs interested in participating in the Spring Orientation and Open House can email Keturah Anderson.