The Fresher's Orientation Program at the College of Science (CoS), KNUST, marked a significant milestone in the journey of new students as they embarked on their university experience. The program, meticulously designed to ease the transition into university life, proved to be a crucial step in acclimating the freshers to the campus environment, its resources, and the academic landscape.
The primary objective of the orientation program was to provide a comprehensive understanding of the College, its policies, procedures, and support services, ensuring that the new students felt comfortable, informed, and confident in their new academic setting. By fostering a sense of belonging and awareness, the program aimed to create an environment conducive to academic excellence.
The Provost, Prof. Leonard K. Amekudzi, along with other key officers, warmly welcomed the freshers, underscoring the importance of the orientation in setting the tone for a successful university experience. Prof. Amekudzi emphasized the significance of utilizing the counseling services available on campus, encouraging students to seek support in navigating the challenges that may arise during their academic journey.
In his motivational address, Prof. Amekudzi urged the students to embrace the myriad opportunities at the College of Science, challenging them to dream big, work hard, and persevere. His confidence in their ability to achieve great things resonated throughout the hall, as he wished each student the very best in their academic endeavors.
The Registrar, Mr. Anthony Adjapong, provided an insightful overview of the College's history, elucidating the ethical guidelines of the University. He guided the students on utilizing and managing the College and University facilities responsibly, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the guidelines outlined in the Student's Guide handbook.
The College Counsellor addressed the crucial aspect of mental well-being, highlighting the support services available for students facing psychological challenges. The emphasis on mental health underscored the College's commitment to fostering a holistic and supportive environment.
The College Examinations Officer shared vital information on university examination rules, stressing the importance of understanding and adhering to examination policies and procedures. Emphasis was placed on regular attendance, timely submission of assignments, and adherence to examination regulations.
The Systems Analyst delivered an enlightening speech on Information Technology (IT) services, introducing students to the University Information Technology Services (UITS) resources. Responsible and ethical use of technology was emphasized to ensure academic success while utilizing the available ICT facilities.
Another crucial aspect covered during the orientation program was student personal finance management. A comprehensive speech provided valuable insights into budgeting, saving, and avoiding overspending during the university journey. The orientation also covered school fees payment and scholarships, offering detailed information on payment procedures, available scholarships, eligibility criteria, and application procedures.