Bear Essentials (new student orientation) contributes to your success at GGC. It’s a mandatory, one-day orientation for all new students.
Bear Essentials helps you succeed in the following ways:
- Transitioning into GGC
- Preparing for both GGC’s educational opportunities and student responsibilities
- Introducing you to the intellectual, cultural and social aspects of GGC
- Supporting your family
After you’re admitted, you will receive an email invitation to attend Bear Essentials (new student orientation and registration). The invitation is sent to the email provided on your application. Within this email there’s a link to sign up for Bear Essentials. Orientation dates are only available through these channels, and they fill up quickly, so sign up early.
Bear Essentials is an important component to being a successful student at GGC. At your session, you’ll receive important information about campus resources, expectations and how to adapt to college culture. You'll also be advised and register for courses. College is not like high school, and GGC is not like any other college you may have attended.
At Bear Essentials, you're assigned to a small group made up of other students similar to you. If you are a first-time college student or are transferring in fewer than 30 credit hours, you'll be with other freshmen. If you are a transfer student with more than 30 credit hours, you'll be with other transfer students. And if you are a nontraditional aged student, in either a freshman or transfer group, you'll be with other nontraditional aged students.
Bear Essentials is a day-long session, packed with vital information, getting to know other people, and having fun!
If you are a first year student, you will encounter many changes in your life when you come to college. It isn’t high school any longer. New student orientation is a process that you may not yet realize you need. Learning how to be a successful college student is critical.
If you are a transfer student (transferring in 30+ credit hours), it is thought that you already have "college knowledge" and know how to be a successful college student; however, every college differs in how they do certain things. Your Bear Essentials group will focus more on the needs and questions you may have. You will learn about the “GGC way,” reducing potential stumbling blocks once the semester begins.
If you have been out of high school five or more years before entering GGC, or if you are 25+ years old, then you are considered a nontraditional student, or a re-entry student. Nontraditional students typically face a different set of circumstances than traditional-aged students. For example, your fears of being successful in school might be greater. Another example is that you may work full-time and have a family, meaning that you are juggling multiple priorities – including college.
Parent and Family Orientation
Your experience as a new college student not only affects you, it affects your entire family. Parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, grandparents all need “college knowledge” as well. GGC offers Parent and Family Orientation for the very purpose of providing information about GGC, what to expect from your experience at GGC, and what’s available for your family members as well. We want your families to be well informed. We want to work with families so that they will support you toward an enriching and successful experience at GGC.
Parent and Family Orientation is held during Bear Essentials for students. Just as students must sign up for Bear Essentials, we ask that parents also register for the Parent and Family Orientation. There is no charge for parents/family members; however, space is limited, and we ask that no more than two people attend, per student.
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