UWI Guild of Students hosts Orientation Fair
President of the Guild of Students, Thatcher Loutin, considered this year’s University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus’ Orientation Fair and ICC Expo a success.
Speaking with The Barbados Advocate on the sidelines of yesterday’s fair, Loutin stated that based on yesterday’s turnout, she would consider the event to have been a success. Even though they were only halfway through the day’s event there was an incredible number of students that attended.
She explained that the event, which was held on campus grounds all day yesterday, was meant to expose new students to the different island associations, clubs and corporate entities such as Flow, Digicel and First Caribbean CIBC, on campus.
Loutin stated that she believed hosting an event such as yesterday’s was important and necessary as it helped the first years see the number of activities and clubs they could join.
“Yes this is needed because when the first years come in, we don’t want them to just be academically inclined, at UWI Cave Hill Campus we promote the social aspect and the new students need to see social engagement as important. We want them to be a part of the clubs and different activities, we try to get them oriented,” she said.
The President highlighted that all of the students’ Caribbean islands were represented, such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent, as well as all the other faculties, including the new Faculty of Sports.
She went on to note that this year, the Guild of Students was trying to promote entrepreneurship among their students.
“What we are trying to do is instead of using businesses outside of the University that charge exorbitant prices, we will use the UWI students who are established in those areas,” she said.
“We know that there are some students who are very talented and so we are using our student entrepreneurs this financial year.”
She made a small appeal to the entrepreneurs who were attending UWI this year to make themselves known, so that others could use their business. (CLF)