First Year Experience has found its new home in the heart of Humber’s Lakeshore Campus.

Grand Opening sign outside the Welcome Centre. (Alyssa Croezen)

On Thurs. Sept. 8, First Year Experience opened their doors to students in the new Humber Student Welcome and Resource Centre.

FYE was previously located in the A/B Building on Humber’s Lakeshore campus. It is now conveniently located at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Kipling Ave.

FYE is a peer-mentoring program that matches up first year and upper year students from the same college program or similar area of study and provides new students with a guide and resource to post secondary life.

With this new location, FYE hopes to provide peer mentors and workshops to students in order to get them more involved on campus.

“My mission basically is to provide resources to anyone who needs them,” said Tudor Gagea, a senior peer mentor at FYE.

Senior Peer Mentor Tudor Gagea at the FYE Grand Opening. (Alyssa Croezen)

“Whether it be students that are on campus that are new and looking for some help or if its peer mentors looking to better reach their mentees through what ever resources they may need.”

FYE now shares the same space as the Test Centre and the Office of the Registrar.

“It really helps students achieve their success because you can just say ‘hey go upstairs, go downstairs’,” said Gagea, “You don’t have to say ‘alright well you have to go across campus and then you turn left and then you turn right.”

On the other hand Anthony Nguyen, a senior peer mentor, worries that their new location won’t drive as much traffic into their new space.

“In our old space we were in the A/B building right by the caf,” said Nguyen, “So there was a lot of traffic and in our events people would always just stop by because they were passing through there.”

“Luckily we’ve had two events so far and it’s been pretty good, we just have to really focus on promoting the day of, going around and just get everyone into the Welcome Centre,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen hopes this upcoming year will be a great chance for students to stand up and support one another through FYE and it’s peer mentoring program.

“I’m really glad that we’re in a new space and I just want to take more initiative in the workplace and connect more with students,” said Nguyen.

Students and faculty gathered together at the candy station. (Alyssa Croezen)

Nadine Sutherland, another senior peer mentor for FYE, really hopes that the new FYE space can provide opportunities for new and current students.

“I hope that we attract a great amount of students. I do encourage students to get involved on campus,” said Sutherland.

The photo booth station with props and accessories at the Grand Opening. (Alyssa Croezen)

There were multiple welcome week events and activities hosted by FYE such as a mix and mingle, a scavenger hunt, ‘pinning Drake on the CN Tower’ and their large grand-opening event with balloon artists and a photo booth.

“I just hope to attract more students in this location that we’re at to be honest,” said Sutherland, “I think that it’s going to open a lot of opportunity for students that want to get involved in the school and FYE is a great place to start.”

FYE is open in room WEL201 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. To become a peer mentor or join a workshop, visit http://www.humber.ca/student-life/fye/ for more information.

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