Orientation for gap-year arts students – TRU Newsroom
Note: This is for arts students who are attending TRU for the first time after taking a year or more off from after completing high school.
Phone or email Mark Wallin, associate dean of arts, curriculum development at
Why the orientation for gap-year arts students?
Students who take time off between high school and post-secondary education have a higher rate of attrition than other students, and TRU is trying to reduce that drop-out rate by holding a one-day orientation for gap-year students studying in the Faculty of Arts.
Learn more about the supports and services available to you, tour parts of campus, receive peer advice from senior gap-year students and faculty members, join a discussion about the significance and power of the arts, and more.
Gap-year students defined
Gap-year students are generally older than students entering straight from high school. They might not know anyone on campus, or have forgotten their study habits, or are uncertain about how to find help. Sometimes they don’t develop a strong sense of belonging to a student group, or aren’t aware of all the services available, said Mark Wallin, associate dean of arts, curriculum development.
“We want to offer these students a sense of who they are as a group, to identify other people in similar situations, and give them a day filled with tools and resources to make sure they can be successful,” said Wallin. “We’ve identified that these students have a unique need.”
“We wanted to be sure we were offering them as many opportunities as possible to feel engaged with their education before they get started,” he said.
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