New student orientation – Schedule and sign-up
Wednesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23
Pick a day that works for you! Orientation on both days includes lunch and interest sessions to help you start your year off right at GCC.
RSVP online below so we know you’re coming!
- 8:30-9am: Registration (Cafeteria/Dining Commons)
- 8:30-9am: IDs, Option to Print Schedule, Survey for GCC101
- 9-9:45am: Welcome (Dining Commons)
- 10:00-10:30am: GCC101 (Stinchfield)
- 10:45-11:30am: Session 1 (topics below)
- 11:45-12:30pm: Lunch in Breakout Groups (options below)
- 12:30-1:30: Optional – Help me find my classroom/Get other questions answered/Register for Classes/Change my Schedule
When you sign up we will do our best to fit you into your top choices!
Campus Tour - Tour campus with a current student, staff or faculty member! This tour will be brief and informative. Tours are also available at the close of orientation.
Someone Just Like You: GCC Students Share Their Stories - GCC has a rich diversity of students and you are certain to find someone with shared experience here! This panel features students from diverse backgrounds talking about their experiences at GCC and how they have been successful. Whether you want to learn more about how these students have navigated their academic path at GCC or wish to connect with someone who has an experience similar to yours, this panel promises much opportunity for information and connection!
Getting Involved on Campus! - Your education at GCC involves more than classroom learning. You will find, if you have the time to get involved outside the classroom that there are many exciting things to learn and fascinating people to meet. Student Life staff will help you understand the countless opportunities that exist for student involvement and help you make decisions about where to channel your talents and interests.
Becoming a Strategic Learner - Want to learn more about how to increase your chances of succeeding in college? Want to have a valuable tool to guide your academic advising sessions and course selection? The LASSI is an 80-question assessment that takes about 20 minutes to complete and diagnoses your awareness and use of learning and study strategies. It gives you scores in 10 areas: attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration, information processing, selecting main ideas, study aids, self-testing, and test strategies. In this session you will take the LASSI and learn how to interpret your scores.
College Writing and Research - Are you wondering what your professors will be expecting of you when they assign you a paper to write for your class? Then this is the session for you! Get an overview of what the college research process is like from GCC librarians- and learn about the ins and outs of the writing process from peer tutoring staff and student writing tutors. There is no shortage of support services on campus to provide you with academic support- and you will learn more about many of them in this workshop.
What You Should Know About Community College Transfer – You need to start thinking about transfer early! Get your questions answered: MassTransfer, transfer outside of MassTransfer, examining major to career options early on, examining 4-year schools early on. Learn how the transfer process affects each semester choice of courses; why you should attend open house events; what are selective schools looking for beyond good grades; tips for writing the personal essay; interview techniques; how to apply for transfer scholarships and more!
The Basics of Financial Aid at GCC - This session will explain key aspects of financial aid at GCC for any interested students. The presenter will discuss briefly the FAFSA process, deadlines, and timelines; how to avoid losing eligibility because of poor grades; defining dependent vs. independent student status; and the available types of financial aid at GCC. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and will be provided with reference materials to keep.
Technology at GCC - GCC has a number of systems you will be required to access on a regular basis. This includes the MyGCC student management system and our Moodle learning management system. Through MyGCC, you will register for classes, check financial aid and grades. Most faculty teaching face-to-face class use Moodle to post class documents, readings and assignments. Our fully-online courses are administered through Moodle. Finally, all GCC students receive a GCC email account, which is handled by Gmail. Learn how to navigate these systems effectively once you have logged onto them.
Resources at GCC for Career Planning & Development – Learn how to connect your college major and academic plan to your career goals. This workshop will introduce you to the career planning resources available at GCC, including people, classes, free workshops, and web sites that can help you with making career decisions, writing your resume, practicing your interview skills, and more. You’ll learn about an innovative tool to help you zero in on your interests and match them to potential career paths.
Lunch in Breakout Groups – Get to know your fellow students and faculty and staff! Choose by area of study or join…
• Our campus veterans on campus
• Students in recovery and their allies
• Fast Track students - Do you plan to transfer in 2 years? Do you know what major you are interested in? Do you know what institution or have a selection of institutions you are interested in transferring to? Would you like to answer yes to all these questions, but can’t quite yet? Please join Leo Hwang, Dean of Humanities for lunch.
• Returning adult women - Lunch in the the Women’s Resource Center; facilitated by Rosemarie Freeland, Women’s Resource Coordinator