Orientation is the official start to the Yale-NUS College experience. It is an opportunity for first-year students to meet their classmates, immerse themselves into the community and the larger campus life, as well as learn about the resources available at Yale-NUS College. In 2016, the introductory activities were centred on the theme ‘Full House’, as it was the first time Yale-NUS has a full house of four classes of students on campus.
On 5 August 2016, two weeks of orientation programmes culminated in First Year Assembly ‘16, an annual ceremony where new students were formally welcomed by the Yale-NUS College community. Aside from welcome speeches by key College figures, the ceremony also featured performances by students from the incoming class.
In the Week 7 Learning AcrossBoundaries (LAB) programme, first-year students, faculty and staff engage in learning projects of up to a week that explore themes of the Common Curriculum outside the confines of a traditional classroom. Week 7 LAB projects are faculty-generated initiatives that are organised in collaboration with the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE).
In 2016, four Yale-NUS College first-year students vlogged about their first-year experience at Yale-NUS College. Follow their journeys of discovery in this video series.