August, 25 2023
New Faces, New Dreams: AURAK Welcomes Fall 2023 Students
The new academic year at the American University in Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) recently kicked off with an engaging and informative New Students Orientation held on campus.
The new academic year at the American University in Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) recently kicked off with an engaging and informative New Students Orientation held on campus. The event introduces incoming students to campus life, academic resources, and career success opportunities.
President Dr. David A. Schmidt warmly welcomed the incoming students of AURAK and said: “This is my favorite time of the year. As the campus prepares to welcome you, everything seems more vibrant. Though this journey feels familiar, it always brings something uniquely different. AURAK isn't just a university; it's set to be your home for the coming four years. Here, you'll face intellectual challenges, but with the preparation you receive, you'll graduate ready to take a leading position in our global community, just like the classes that came before you.”
Following the welcoming address, Prof. Stephen Wilhite delivered an inspiring speech. “Our aspiration is for you to be profoundly transformed by your time at AURAK, to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable you to change the world for the better,” he stated.
Ms. Karla Fraser, Manager of the Student Life Department, commented that the New Student Orientation is an essential first step for all incoming students. It introduces the whole campus to them for further exploration. “We are excited and thrilled to have our Fall 2023 New Cohort on campus today for this experience”, she added.
In addition to student life support services and campus tours, the orientation featured informative sessions on registration guidelines, managing financial obligations, preparation for career development, opportunities to study abroad, and support for students of determination.
Dr. Kevin Scott Konecny, Associate Provost for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Education said: “We encourage students to consider joining a club, student organization, sports and other campus activities. Studies show that students who participate in co-curricular activities often have a more fulfilling university experience and a higher retention rate. Being active on campus can be a cornerstone for academic success.”
New students were acquainted with AURAK's Writing, Mathematics, and Science Centers, emphasizing academic success. Prioritizing students' well-being, the orientation also covered sports facilities, counseling, and wellness programs.
"As you join this campus, you're becoming part of a community that values diversity, curiosity, and growth,” remarked an orientation leader.
Following a socializing luncheon, faculty members offered insights into the university's academic dedication. The successful orientation helped students get familiar with the campus, its facilities, and its administration.
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