LUMS Orientation 2023: A Vibrant Start to University Life
The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) recently ushered in a fresh wave of potential by welcoming 1,200 students hailing from diverse backgrounds across Pakistan at its Orientation 2023. This vibrant event, hosted with enthusiasm and a commitment to fostering growth, served as a crucial stepping stone in the journey of these budding scholars. In this article, we’ll dive into the details of this exciting Orientation, highlighting the key takeaways and the invaluable experiences it offered.
Dr. Arshad Ahmad’s Welcome Address
The Orientation commenced with a warm welcome from Dr. Arshad Ahmad, the Vice Chancellor of LUMS. He articulated, “The LUMS community is committed to foster an environment where you can explore your passions, engage with exceptional faculty, and collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds. Your time here is about immersing yourself in all aspects of university life, growing as an individual, and becoming a responsible and innovative leader.” Dr. Ahmad’s words set the tone for what was to follow—a transformative journey for these students.
A Multifaceted Learning Experience
Orientation 2023 at LUMS was designed to provide students with a multifaceted learning experience. It offered over 30 opportunities for engagement and learning, utilizing various platforms such as online resources, Zoom sessions, interactive group discussions, and engaging social activities. This diverse approach ensured that every student could find their unique path to acclimatization.
Guiding the Way: First-Semester Courses and Code of Conduct
During these sessions, the new students were introduced to their first-semester courses, the LUMS Code of Conduct, and the paramount importance of academic integrity. These fundamental guidelines serve as the compass for every student’s journey at LUMS, ensuring that they not only excel academically but also grow into responsible individuals.
Beyond Academics: Personal Growth and Camaraderie
LUMS understands that university life is not just about textbooks and lectures; it’s also about personal growth and building lasting connections. To this end, Orientation 2023 featured panels on personal effectiveness, social maturity, and even safety for scientists and engineers, among other topics. These discussions provided students with valuable insights into the broader aspects of life at LUMS.
Fostering Belonging and Community
Apart from academic programming, the Orientation included sports competitions, a thrilling scavenger hunt, and the iconic batch photo—a memory to cherish for years to come. These activities were strategically planned to build camaraderie and foster a sense of belonging among the new students and the larger LUMS community.
Wisdom from Alumni: Career Insights
One of the highlights of the Orientation was the panel sessions featuring distinguished LUMS alumni from various fields of life. These accomplished individuals shared their experiences and insights on career growth, providing invaluable guidance to the incoming students. Learning from the success stories of those who walked the same halls is an enriching experience in itself.
The Backbone of Orientation: Dedicated Teams
Behind the scenes, more than 15 campus offices collaborated tirelessly to make over 700 sessions possible across 12 days. Approximately 350 students played pivotal roles as part of the Student Orientation Committee, Orientation Coaches, Deputies, and PALs (Peer Ambassadors at LUMS for Social Support). Even after Orientation, PALs continued to mentor students throughout the academic year, ensuring a smooth transition into university life.
A Meaningful Start to the LUMS Journey
Ms. Fatima Umar, Project Lead at the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), expressed, “With a strong focus on both the academic and the social climate of the campus, the Orientation team is confident that incoming students have meaningful tools to navigate their first year at LUMS.” This emphasis on holistic development truly sets LUMS apart.
A Rite of Passage
Dr. Tariq Jadoon, Provost, aptly summarized the significance of LUMS Orientation by stating, “LUMS Orientation transcends mere campus orientation; it symbolizes a rite of passage. In the current year, the exceptional enthusiasm and profound sense of community has set an inspiring tone for the academic journey ahead.” Indeed, the journey has only just begun.
LUMS Orientation 2023 was more than just an event; it was a celebration of possibilities and a testament to the spirit of growth and community that defines LUMS. The university’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals shone through every aspect of the Orientation, leaving the students excited and prepared for the adventures that lie ahead.
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