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SAIT Start for a great start

Crowd of students gathering at SAIT Start

New students brought the questions - SAIT Start brought the answers 

The sun broke through on Saturday morning as SAIT welcomed more than 1,300 soon-to-be-students and their supporters for a sneak peek at student life. The third annual SAIT Start helped new students prepare for the academic year ahead with sessions on financial planning, academic success and next steps. 

"I'm definitely glad I came - it's helping with all the questions I had waiting to be answered," says David Candaza, who will be entering the Non-Destructive Testing program at SAIT in the fall.

Starting on the right foot

Students kicked off the day at a program meet and greet to connect with their instructors and other new students - an opportunity to build relationships before classes begin in the fall. 

Students picked up tips on everything from the best study methods to locker rentals and applying for entrance awards. Then it was time to grab some swag and a sandwich, learn about key student services and maybe even snap an Instagram-worthy photo at the information fair. A student clubs meetup and campus tour rounded out the day. 

"SAIT Start is all about welcoming new students into our community, answering some questions and really making them feel at home here at SAIT," says Tom Bornhorst, Associate Vice President, Learner and Academic Services. 

Showing off our SAIT spirit

Tenzin Dolma is in her final year of the Health Information Management program. She volunteered at SAIT Start to get involved on campus and to help her stay in touch while she's working on her practicum. "It's been so much fun," says Dolma. "I've never done something like this before."

Tracy Jewers, Customer Service Representative, Office of the Registrar has volunteered at Open House and other SAIT events, but this was her first SAIT Start experience.  "I've met students here that I've actually helped upstairs in the Office of the Registrar," says Jewers. "Getting to see those students, knowing they got into SAIT - and that I helped them - is the best part." 

One lucky new student - Carly Dixon, who will be starting SAIT in the Dental Assisting program in the fall - walked away with a $5,000 tuition credit. "I'm a little emotional," says Dixon. "I'm pretty sure that's tuition for the first year and some of the second - I can't wait to start at SAIT!" 


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