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OSA welcomes new students to spring semester
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) welcomed new students with a week of orientation activities and programs held from January 24 to 29, 2014. The activities were organized to help incoming students transition into life at AUS, become aware of the extracurricular offerings, and learn to participate in and adapt to life at the university.
OSA welcomed new students and their parents on the first day of orientation and answered their queries through its main student information desk. More than 200 orientation packets were prepared for that day, providing information on the services offered by AUS.
A group of returning students from various clubs and organizations comprised the new student orientation team and worked with the OSA staff to assist the newcomers. These students were selected according to their student life experiences and their willingness to help ease the transition of new students to university life.
The week-long open house activities in the Student Center included computer games, DJ music, movies and many other recreational activities. City tours to Sharjah and Dubai familiarized new students with the neighboring areas and points of interest. Around 50 students joined the Sharjah tour and 80 joined the Dubai trip.
The freshman reception dinner was attended by around 150 students in the presence of Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Dr. Munketh Taha, Director of Student Development and Organizations; and other senior OSA and AUS officials. The gathering provided an opportunity for OSA administrators to interact with new students and introduce them to the non-academic services offered by OSA.
"You will learn from every corner of this university for your life and for your future. AUS provides you with a lot of learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. I encourage you all to seize these opportunities for your personal growth and development. The coming years that you will spend at AUS will surely be the most precious and memorable moments of your life and always remember that Student Affairs is here to make your university experience more meaningful and productive," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, in her welcome address during the dinner.