Off-Campus, On Track
David Oladejo is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student.
“You live in Orleans? So you bus here every day?!”
That is the most common reaction that I have become accustomed to receiving from other students when I mention how far off-campus I live. Carleton University recognizes the misconception of the added difficulty to living off-campus. That is why the University offers many facilities, services, and transitional programs that assist and ease the commute for off-campus students. An example of such a program is Fall Orientation. I was able to experience the Fall Orientation program first-hand and it helped me to create a network and avoid feelings of isolation in my first year at Carleton University.
I obviously had my off-campus network from high school and living in Ottawa, but I realized the more people I could meet on-campus could enhance my overall Carleton experience. For this reason, I decided to register for EngFrosh. The weeks leading up to orientation were filled with anticipation, but as I stepped off my hour long ride on the OC Transpo, I was more nervous about handling my everyday transit to and from the university.
It’s important to remember as a student, especially when not living in Residence, what benefits can come about by simply stepping out of your comfort zone. I was able to meet Marlon, a second year Mechanical Engineering student living in residence, on the second day of EngFrosh. We soon discovered that we had identical course schedules. We exchanged numbers and social media, and just like that I had started my personal network. It can honestly be that easy.
As the year progressed, I was able to meet other engineers who lived in Marlon’s residence and they became my study group for my fall and winter term exams. Socially, having people on-campus to relax and have fun with bridged the transit gap for me and eliminated any feelings of isolation or loneliness.
Now entering my second year, my university network is still growing, but the opportunity to start one was brought about by my participation in the Fall Orientation program. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet your very own Marlon.
Every year there is a legendary Fall Orientation team comprised of off-campus students. This is a great way to make friends who are in the same boat as you!