Welcoming New Grad Students
The Graduate Studies Office, Graduate Student Council (GSC), and GSC-recognized student groups all worked together to organize a very busy orientation schedule to help make incoming students’ transition to Dartmouth smooth.
On Friday, September 13, the Graduate Studies Office hosted the first year graduate student orientation presentation, followed up by an afternoon barbecue. Although skies were gray during the barbecue, new and continuing graduate students were still able to connect and enjoy burgers from the grill. The next day on Saturday, September 14, new students had another opportunity to meet at a Wine and Cheese Mixer held at North Park graduate housing, the main residential hub for first year graduate students.
Perhaps the most attended event during orientation was the Graduate Student Council’s (GSC) First Year Dinner organized by GSC social chairs, Erin O’Malley and Haofeng Li. New students had the chance to meet graduate student group leaders and got a free Dartmouth mug to take home. The primary goal of the First Year Dinner was to introduce new graduate students to group leaders in the hopes that this would make new students feel more connected to our community and encourage them to join these student groups. The group leaders were very happy to participate, and some groups, such as the Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club (DGOC), significantly increased their membership following the First Year Dinner. Li noted, “We are very happy to have had such great attendance at our events! We hope we are indeed helping incoming students in their transition to Dartmouth.”
GSC-recognized student groups also worked hard to organize orientation events for new students that included: a “Monday Night Tea” for international students hosted by the International Graduate Mentoring Program (IGMP); a happy hour event at Canoe Club hosted by the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE); and the DGOC hosted two events, a nature tour of campus entitled “50 Trees in 50 Minutes,” and a hike of Mount Moosilauke. All events were well attended! Jannis Bielefeld, the co-chair of the IGMP, commented on the Monday Night Tea event, “This is an unprecedented attendance at Monday night tea events! We ran out of food in the first 15 minutes and had to go get some more to keep the event running.”
We hope everyone enjoyed the variety of orientation events last month and that you are now all settled in and enjoying your new home: Dartmouth! The Graduate Forum welcomes new students as they start their academic careers here.
by Gilbert Rahme