USM holds orientation for its new students


Some of the new students at USM.

PHILIPSBURG–University of St. Martin (USM) held an Orientation Day for its new degree students on Friday, August 11. The entire staff, some faculty and various student organisations and clubs of USM welcomed and addressed the new students. Marketing and Admissions Specialist Shobhan Giterson said it is imperative that students kick-off their semester on a smooth path. She said the more informed students are at the beginning of their studies, the more successful they tend to be for the remainder of their semester.

  USM President Francio Guadeloupe spoke about the importance of realising one’s potential and being critical. Dean Genève Phillip-Durham spoke of the “exceptional value” of USM’s support system, the student handbook, registration, and what it takes to be on the Academic Dean’s List.


  USM alumnus and guest speaker Dwight Williams encouraged the new students. Having initially struggled with his Grade Point Average (GPA) at USM, Williams learned humility and focus by gaining an Associate’s Degree from the institution. Driven to this day, he is a husband, father, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), part-owner of SXM CrossFit, and currently completing an MBA, among many other “hats” he wears. He told students irrespective of how hard the struggle, they should keep striving and never give up.

  The new students participated in interactive group activities around the university and shared a lunch together.

  USM said its team continues to prepare as well for welcoming Pre-USM and General Education Diploma (GED) students who will be starting their programmes on Monday, August 21. Applications for the Pre-USM programme are welcome. The new student orientation for the Pre-USM programme will be held on Friday, August 18, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Source: The Daily Herald