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First-Year Trent University Students Get a Head Start This Weekend with “Bring it On!”


The Office of Student Affairs’ “Bring it On!” Program Helps Ease the Transition for Students Leaving Home for the First Time

Wednesday, August 12, 2008, Peterborough

Juggling Workshop

Media are invited to attend a juggling workshop where students will be applying various techniques to reflect on the transition to come.

2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16

Cat’s Ass Pub
Otonabee College

First-year students from across Ontario will be heading to Trent University from Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17 to take part in the “Bring it On!” program to prepare them for their first time living away from home to attend university.

Through a wide variety of interactive and fun activities across Symons campus in Peterborough, this program provides students with a chance to build strategies for success academically, socially, and on a personal level for their years ahead at Trent University. This year marks the second year of the “Bring it On!” program at Trent.

“Bring it On!” introduces first-year students to campus life while leading them through interactive workshops on issues such as goal setting, problem solving, and survival during the challenging times to come. Students will also have a chance to take part in a variety of pursuits, such as canoe games on the Otonabee River, learning to juggle, and a talking circle in the First Peoples House of Learning.

“Students are often eager, and a bit anxious, to learn about their next big adventure,” said Jeff Cadence, campus programs coordinator who led the development of “Bring it On!”. “This weekend will give them a bit of a grounding and familiarity with the campus as well as a chance to make social connections before the excitement of Introductory Seminar Week in September. It will also help them start off with a positive attitude and a realistic sense of the challenges and rewards they can look forward to.”

Mr. Cadence went on to explain that this type of head-start program is very popular in colleges and universities in the U.S. Normally, they are offered in one of two formats, as either academic and instructional, or as an opportunity to have some fun and adventures. “’Bring it On!’ blends the two by making the days a good mix of interactive, fun programming with opportunities for reflection on what their Trent experience is going to mean to them,” he noted.

A total of 22 students have signed up from communities across the province, including Ajax, Bradford, London, Toronto, and Georgetown. Mr. Cadence is very pleased with the level of interest shown in the program, and hopes to see more Trent students from other parts of the country take part next year.

“Bring it On!” begins on Friday, August 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with registration in Otonabee College outside of the Wenjack Theatre, and wraps up Sunday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m.

More details about “Bring it On!” are available online at:

For further information, please contact:

Jeffrey Cadence
Campus Programs Coordinator
(705) 748-1011, ext. 7154