The Office of Graduate Studies hosts workshops and campus tours, orientation provides an opportunity for ALL graduate students to better familiarize themselves with graduate school support and resources at CSU Fullerton. Aimed at preparing students to handle academic rigors, this year’s workshops focused on funding, policies, and procedures. Regarding funding, many graduate students were surprised to learn of the various funding sources offered throughout campus in the form of fellowships, grants, and graduate assistantships as well as grant opportunities through various foundations. Other resources that provide support to graduate students include academic assistance in writing, writing workshops, and counseling services specifically tailored to graduate student needs. More importantly, the orientation workshops also provided information on understanding university policies and procedures for a timely completion of one’s graduate program.
Another component of this event involved capturing student experience though the faculty panel workshop which gave incoming students a chance to hear firsthand accounts of what graduate school life is like, from the professors’ perspective. Other workshops covered strategies for balancing multiple responsibilities such as work and family while attending graduate school and others covered time management to help students keep their focus.
The purpose of this orientation is to provide incoming students information of the plethora of resources and opportunities offered at CSUF and to provide a road map to survive the challenges they may face in undertaking a graduate program. Orientation will take place again next year, prior to the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.