The participants of last summer’s iteration of the LEAP transition program have officially reconnected. On Jan. 10, Student Life hosted their annual LEAP Reconnect event at Fireplace Lounge in Earp Residence, bringing together the participants of the summer transition program to discuss their experiences adjusting to university.
Mary Ann Tierney, the Acting Manager of Student Life and Community Experience was the coordinator of this event with the help of Kailene Jackson, a fourth-year Political Science and Sociology major, and Rachel Henderson as the initiative’s student leads. LEAP is a transition program that takes place during the summer for incoming Brock students. This event aims to provide attendees with the opportunities to explore campus and make connections with students that will be adjusting to university alongside them. LEAP creates personalized small group orientations that are led by current students to assist in orienting students.
“The LEAP program is hugely beneficial to the Brock community. It prepares incoming first year students for their transition into university life,” said Jackson. “The LEAP Reconnect furthers all of the goals of the LEAP program. It reinforces a community of first year students. It allows first year students to celebrate completing their first semester of first year with the peers they started university with.”
This year, 23 people came out the Thursday afternoon event that was designed to provide students with the opportunity to reconnect with students they first met during the summer before their first year of university.
According to the student leads, LEAP and LEAP Reconnect are vital transition programs to the student population, providing students with a smaller group within the community. Jackson maintains that the event was enjoyable not only for the participants, but the student planners as well.
“As LEAP facilitators, we organized this event as an opportunity to check in with students, see how their first semesters went, and give students who participated in LEAP the chance to catch up with each other and get support from the facilitators,” said Jackson. “LEAP Reconnect is an opportunity for them to reflect on their first year and set goals for the upcoming semester in a very casual and fun way. It’s also great to see how the LEAP program has positively influenced these students’ first year experiences. This event helps us continually improve the LEAP program.”
Jackson participates in this event each year, citing her motivation is to provide students with an easy transition not just while entering university but throughout all of their years at Brock.
More information about the LEAP program and other orientation programs for the summer can be found online at discover.brocku.ca.