By Roxanne Oduro, Student Blogger
The incoming class of 2021 had an awesome Frosh Week that was jam-packed with activities and challenges! Here are some highlights:
September 2: Move-in Day
Excitement was in the air as new students moved into their new home for the year ahead, and commuters found their routes to campus. Families joined in with students for afternoon meetings, followed by a BBQ provided by ILC.
George Sweetman, Barry Smith, and members from student leadership shared words of encouragement and their stories of their very first day at Tyndale. Praying for the incoming class was followed by the time reserved for families to say goodbye to their loved ones – a bittersweet moment for many students who would be away from family for the first time.
Then came the moment the students (and the student leaders) were waiting for – the sorting ceremony – where students were sorted into their houses for the duration of their time at Tyndale.
In its second year now, the house system is “to enhance the student university experience and create a more intimate community environment. The vision is to be unified disciples serving Tyndale and the community so that we may be presented fully mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28),” notes Vernon Campbell, Director of the Houses on the UC Student Council.
Each of the four House Leaders gave an introduction, history, and the three words that described their house before inducting the new student members. New members received a T-shirt with a brand new house crest. Each house is named after a previous president of Tyndale. The campuses they served during their tenures as president are reflected in the house crests.
September 3: The House Challenge
The frosh joined with their respective houses to participate in a competition to create a flag and a cheer. Following the cheer, each house went around to different stations with games and challenges.
The grand conclusion to these challenges had the houses facing each other in a classic game of tug of war! The battle for first place fell to McRae and Boehmer houses. It was an intense final round, but Boehmer house tugged their way to victory.
Our first Sanctuary chapel of the school year capped the end of the day. It was a great time to come together as a community and worship God together and hear from one of the student leaders about his experience as a Tyndale student.
September 4: Adventures in the 6ix
The frosh with their respective houses and House Group Leaders went on a photo scavenger hunt in Downtown Toronto. Points were awarded for taking photos at the right location and for getting as many people in the photo as possible. It was a great way for the frosh to explore Toronto and to get to know the city they will be residing in for the next year.
September 5: The Day Before Class
After a busy day of introduction to University Studies, flyer handouts for the food drive, house meetings, and library tours, Frosh Week concluded with a lovely banquet hosted and set up by Student Council. Throughout the night, students ate, had fellowship and played a few games to get to know the Student Leadership team better. President Gary Nelson gave a special message of encouragement to the frosh before classes began.
In short, Frosh Week was a time to welcome all our new students, both commuters and residents, to Tyndale. It was a time to introduce them to their houses and establish community with their fellow housemates and House Leaders.