Being a soph is definitely far from easy; it requires you to be compassionate, resilient, and dedicated. But all the hard work is well worth it when you consider all of the connections that you will make and the positive impact that you are having on the university experience of first years. “ 

– Will Barbour, OC Soph 2021-22

The Friendly Faces Of The Orientation Program!

 Sophs are Western’s beloved Orientation Leaders who help welcome new students and provide an orientation to campus life. Sophs volunteer their time as spirit leaders, peer mentors, and campus guides to help integrate new students to the University’s social and academic environments. They aim to be one of the first friends you make on campus, chosen to welcome new students because of their Western pride and care for the student experience. Sophs model academic determination, encourage healthy lifestyles, and promote positive perspectives.

Sophs are an integral part of a students’ OWeek experience. Students have indicated that the relationships built with their Sophs, the relationships Sophs helped facilitate, and the knowledge the Sophs possess were some of the most helpful and enjoyable aspects of OWeek. Students have reported that their Sophs made them feel safe, supported, and welcomed at Western. After OWeek, Sophs maintain regular contact with first-year students, participate in programming, and offer ongoing referral assistance to campus and community resources. The connections students make with their Sophs are special to Western’s OWeek program, and often continue into the latter years of students’ university careers.

If we could sum it up in one sentence, Sophs are meant to be the easiest friend one could make, and the hardest to let go! 

Want to learn more? Check out the different types of Sophs at Western!

Soph Subsidy FAQ

This soph subsidy is in place to make participating in the Orientation Program more financially accessible to our campus leaders.

Any Sophs that are required to pay uniform fees are eligible and can use this form to apply for financial aid in covering these costs. 

If there are any questions regarding the breakdown of eligibility please email administrative.orientation@westernusc.ca

Unfortunately, if you apply for the Soph Subsidy it is not guaranteed you will receive it. Although we wish to accommodate everyone who applies, our Soph Subsidy fund for the year is limited.

Orientation Sophs can get their Uniform Fee covered by the Soph Subsidy. Depending on the number of applicants, you can either receive full coverage of your uniform fee or part coverage.

You apply for the Subsidy through this link https://westernusc.forms-db.com/view.php?id=457520

 Sophs will receive this link through their LST, and can also access it on the westernusc Instagram account (@westernusc) through the linktree in their bio. 

Once the form closes all of the data is compiled by USC Staff; names and any extra personal information are removed from the applications. The anonymous applications are then assessed by a panel made up of USC staff. 

This application form for the Soph Subsidy will be open on August 15th and close on August 29th 11:59pm.