Adult Learner Orientation

Last Updated: June 13, 2016

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Place: Warner Hall

Welcome to Western!

Whether this is the first time you will set foot on a college campus, or whether you are returning to college after taking a few years off (okay, maybe several years off), as an adult learner, you may have some questions and concerns that differ from traditional students.

So, we invite you to join us for a brief, but informative evening, geared toward the adult student. You will have a chance to connect with other adult learners who are “in the trenches,” and who are enthusiastic about offering encouragement and support, in addition to hearing from professionals at the university, who can answer some of your academic questions (some of whom were adult learners, too!). Relax and get to know a bit about your university over light refreshments.

Contact Lisa Peck at or 203-837-8564 for more information.

How to get connected at Western

In beginning your education at Western, it is important to get connected with both your faculty and your peers. To that end there are a number of activities that we suggest you consider attending.  For example, every Thursday you could attend the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in the Colonial Corner in the Midtown Student Center.  The evening usually starts with an hour of open mic, followed by a featured performer.  The Coffeehouse is always free and sandwiches, soda and, of course, coffee are always on the house.

On some Fridays you could attend the PAC Movie Night usually scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater.  This event is also free to all students and a fun way to see a movie a second time or even the first if you’ve missed it in the theatres.  Friday After Hours takes place from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Colonial Corner in the Midtown Student Center and usually features food and some kind of fun theme.

Perhaps the best way to connect with Western is at Clubs Carnival.  Virtually every student organization will have a table to present their program to new students.  In addition, there will be music and amusements.  You can find a list of active student organizations here, or learn how to start your own club.  If you are commuting, consider joining the Commuter Student Organization.  There is something for everyone and every age so sign up for email notifications and join one organization or many, depending on your available time. 

And at the end of the day, you can relax and unwind and have a cup of Starbuck's coffee at The Daily Grind in the Westside Campus Center which is open most afternoons and nights.

For additional activities and events please check on Western’s event calendar.

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