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(July 26, 2001, Gazette)

Help centres

Information station

Write right

Life outside the classroom

Hot chocolate and mice

New res for Grenfell

Place to explore

Weeks of Welcome

As a new student at Memorial University, you and your parents are about to embark upon one of the most anxious, exciting, nail-biting, and thought-provoking adventures of a lifetime. As you wander and wonder whether or not you'll ever find your mathematics class located in the maze of corridors otherwise known as the Engineering Building, and as your parents nostalgically wonder how you ever got old enough to attend university, you will find yourself fully enveloped within a wealth of both academic and social learning.

On one hand, your main objective at Memorial is to nurture your mind, sow the seeds of thought, and delve into the intellectual abyss. You have at your fingertips an impressive smorgasbord of courses, professors and disciplines: marine biology, philosophy, computer science, English, medicine, primary education, biochemistry, Spanish ... just to name a few.

On the other hand, as the saying goes, all work and no play makes university a mediocre experience at best. So, though the economic failure of India's green revolution, the conjugation of the verb ‘to be' and the unique digestive anatomy of the asteroidea are monumental topics to be studiously explored, there is always the need to add entertainment and socialization to the university buffet.

As you fill your plates with majors and minors, BA's, M.Sc.'s, and PhD's, it is of great importance to always eat dessert. Whether you join an athletic club, a political organization or attend Winter Carnival, poetry readings and mixers, the social aspect of Memorial University should be thoroughly enjoyed, making your stay a pleasant and fulfilling one. So, study hard and have lots of fun.

In this special four-page section, we offer both parents and students a quick sneak peek of life at Memorial University. Current and past students offer advice, campus help centres are listed for easy accessibility, and important questions frequently asked by students and their parents are answered.

We hope that both parents and students find this section helpful and informative. We would certainly enjoy hearing your comments or suggestions about this issue. Write to the editor of the Gazette, Arts Administration Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF, A1C 5S7; fax 709-737-8699; telephone 709- 737-2143; or e-mail


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