What is the NSO?
The New Student Orientation program is designed to facilitate new students and their respective families in understanding the programs, culture, norms, policies, and expectations of Habib University. This week long event also provides an opportunity for new students and their families to ask questions, meet with the HU community, and familiarize themselves with Habib University.
Objectives of the NSO
- Creating a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community among the incoming class and connects them to faculty, staff, and other students
- To introduce students to college services which will support their educational and personal goals (ex. library, information technology, academic and student services departments).
- Providing a framework for four years of success through the communication of expectations, norms and standards.
- To introduce new students with the HU environment, exposing them to the mission, history and traditions of the university, its achievements, its policies and expectations
- Providing information and resources that will allow students to make informed and appropriate academic plans and healthy social choices
- To familiarize students with the campus environment and physical facilities
- To facilitate initial academic advisement, course selection, and registration
- To articulate the academic expectations of students and available academic resources
- To provide the families of new student’s comprehensive information about the academic and student service resources and programs
- Create attitudes that make performing, adjusting and remaining with HU possible
- To create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes, and stimulates an excitement for learning.
- To provide employment, leadership, and learning opportunities for continuing students as leaders, through selection, training, and supervision.
The Orientation Leaders (OLs) are students selected to assist the Office of Academic Performance and Student Life with the implementation of the New Student Orientation in August 2019. They may be the first students with whom new students will interact and are expected to serve as HU representatives.
OLs Roles and Responsibilities
Key roles and responsibilities for the OLs include, but are not limited to the following:
- Attend and participate in all orientation and training sessions organized for the OLs in July and August 2019
- Assist the Office of Academic Performance and Office of Student Life in planning and conducting the New Student Orientation program in August.
- plan sessions and activities as per the NSO plan
- develop orientation packs
- communicate with new students and their parents through phone calls, emails and post
- arrange rooms and other facilities for orientation sessions
- develop posters, videos, Facebook posts and blogs for the NSO
- Serve as HU representatives, and as a general information and referral source for new students and families regarding HU.
- Supervise and lead a group of new students during their transition into the university.
- Work as a collegial team member and leader in small and large group situations.
- Maintain a friendly, caring and positive attitude that creates an inclusive environment throughout the planning and execution of the NSO.
- Assist new students with academic advising and course registration.
- Enrolment and Academic eligibility
- Is a full time regular student
- Is enrolled in Spring 2019 and plans to enroll in Fall 2019
- Currently enrolled in any semester from semester 2 to semester 7.
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Sophomores can apply if they have cleared all of their Semester 1 courses
- Personal Qualities
- Must be in good conduct standing
- Must have a passion for sharing experiences and an eagerness to learn
- Is interested in developing as a leader
- Possesses strong work ethic
- Possesses a positive attitude, consistent energy, and is flexible
- Possesses good communication and presentation skills
- Time Commitment
- Is available to attend training and planning sessions for orientation from 22nd July onwards from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
- Is willing to work from 9:00 to 6:00, and if needed for extended hours too from 29th July till the end of orientation.
|OL Application opens||7th March, 2019|
|Application deadline||25th March, 2019|
|OLs interviews/Assessment Session (Shortlisted only)||Starting from 13th April, 2019|
|Final list of selected OLs||15th May, 2019|
|Major training session for OLs||22nd July to 26th July|
|Working on actual orientation programs and activities||29th July to 15th August|
|Orientation Program||15th August to 23rd August|
|Welcoming and guiding new students on day 1 of Fall semester 2019||26th August|
Benefits of working as OLs
Working as OLs will help students in developing multiple skills; it will also prove to be valuable work experience to put on a resume and/or grad school applications. Below are some of the skills students may gain during their time as an OL:
- Leadership experience
- Planning and management skills
- Learn to manage group settings and activities
- Improve public speaking and presentation skills
- Gain exceptional customer service experience
- Learn crisis and conflict management skills
- Improve their ability to multitask
- Develop good time management skills
- Work with a variety of departments across campus
Rewards and Compensation
- All OLs will get a certificate for their services
- OLs will receive an honorarium of Rs. 15,000/= for their participation in the entire NSO training, planning, and execution.
- Students from outside Karachi will be provided free accommodation from the time of training until the end of orientation.
- All OLs can avail transportation.
How to Apply
- The application is available at https://habibuniversity.sharepoint.com/sites/Student/application-for-orientation-leaders
- Fill in and submit the application by 25th March, 2019
From HU Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
My personal experience with the Orientation week was amazing. It helped the transformation from college life to Habib's unique and tough university life be easier. I found myself much more familiar with Habib's environment when the semester started, than I would have been without the orientation.
- (Rumisa Lakhani, Class of 2019)
My Orientation leaders helped me get comfortable with the environment at Habib and all their activities made me feel like I was truly amongst a family. Also as it was a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and to make new long lasting friendships.
- (Sameer Nadeem, Class of 2020)
When I joined HU I labeled myself as an introvert (now I really won't). I found it hard to fit in but the Orientation Week really helped me to come out of my comfort zone.
- (Noorullah Farid, Class of 2019)
When I got into Habib i was scared, I didn't know what to expect, what university life is like, what will I need most what can help me through it, how to adjust in Habib. In my orientation I had the best and most helpful experience during orientation week. Orientation leaders being the students themselves made it a lot more easier and informal.
- (Asna Misbah, Class of 2019)
During my O'Week, I believe I was able to bond with some of my senior immensely. It allowed me have a point person, have fun while easing into university life, learn and connect with many different people.
- (Anushay Zehra Rashid, Class of 2019)
When I first entered Habib University as a freshmen, the only thing I was thinking about was that how will I adapt to this new environment? The nervousness I had while sitting in MPR suddenly vanished as one of the students shouted "shoelacers". That same student is now one of my best friends and this happened because of the ease that was created among the students by our orientation leaders. The positivity in the air was so powerful that the orientation became an unforgettable event of my life.
- (Madiha, class of 2019)
As a freshman, I remember how orientation week was a very impressionable time for me and I came in still indecisive about my decision at HU and towards the end of the week I felt it was really ‘the place’ for me. I don’t know if everyone felt that way but the intellectually stimulating conversations we had during the book reviews (the same book that everyone read but how differently they all approached it), the diversity session which made me so sensitive to people around me and the lunch with faculty which made me realize what a close knit community Habib is trying to build. A huge role of course was of my OL’s who moderated conversations so effectively and helped bring complete strangers from all majors so so close during this week.
- (Marina Shahzed, Class of 2019)
#OrientationIsAwesome . Two years back when I heard that the university orientation is a whole week thing, I felt sort of scared because I was not used to any of this 'interaction' stuff. New place, new people, new everything. Yet after the very first day of orientation week, I felt like I was at the right place (This is not a made up story, trust me). Even though I didn't speak up a lot during the mini group sessions that we had (because I was shy), I enjoyed it to the fullest.
- (Osama Yousuf, class of 2020)
Speaking from personal experience, transitioning was a stressful period. But the Orientation week and the Orientation Leaders helped make the process easier for me. I immediately had a group of individuals I could call my friends or family, at least for a short period of time. I made some good friends that have supported me and helped me grow as a person. I made friends with people I would be hesitant to talk to in other circumstances. Orientation Week forced me to grow and expand my thought process. It helped me to look past taboos and social stigmas. On a even more personal level, I was introduced to an individual who was my Orientation Leader who not only proved to be a friend and guide but a true mentor.
- (Mo'awwiz Arshad Shaheen, Class of 2020)