TechConnect

FAS TechConnect

The next step in your transition to university

What is TechConnect?

TechConnect is a first-year experience program aimed to ease your transition from high school into the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) at SFU. Whether you’re in Computing Science, Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Software Systems, or Sustainable Energy Engineering, TechConnect’s focus is to make entering university a stress-free and welcoming experience.

Why should I participate?

Each session will cover important information helping you to make the most of your university experience. We will be offering six sessions throughout the Fall, and will be adding more program content in the Spring. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics, from strategies to balance a healthy lifestyle with your schoolwork, to ways to get involved with clubs and student unions on campus. Academic advisors will be on hand each session to assist you with course planning and answer your questions.

As a bonus, you will be enrolled in your required classes for Fall 2021 by our team, so you will not need to worry about most of your course scheduling!

Make immediate connections

As a TechConnect mentee, you’ll have the added benefit of connecting with student mentors declared in the same major and learn first-hand about what to expect from your coursework and where the best (and cheapest) food is on campus! Every session you’ll also have an opportunity to connect with your peers and socialize. Through TechConnect we want you to feel welcomed and part of our Applied Sciences community.

Fall 2021: TechConnect Schedule

Session 1: Welcome to Applied Sciences!

Come join us for a social event to kick off your journey within Applied Sciences at SFU!

Session 2: Putting the "We" in Wellness

Facilitated by Student Affairs Coordinator, David Le, discover ways to expand your health and wellness skills inside and outside of the classroom

Session 3: Study Prep for Midterms with Tutors

Work with tutors on study tips and strategies for some of your intensive courses.

Session 4: Learning the Art of Public Speaking with FAS Toastmasters

What is better to get home from campus: A log flume down the mountain or a gondola? Put your debate skills to the test in this session as you work on your presentation skills.

Session 5: Study Prep for Finals with Tutors

Work with tutors on study tips and strategies for some of your intensive courses.

Session 6: Burnaby vs Surrey Gingerbread Showdown

Celebrate the end of term in a friendly competition against your classmates in Applied Sciences at the other campus!

*Further details on sessions will be announced at a later date.

*Session order and topics are subject to change.

Timeline

You will be contacted in mid-June to confirm you are a part of the TechConnect program, as well as be provided with additional details on the enrollment process and upcoming sessions.

Questions?

Please connect with Student Affairs Coordinator, Tessa Briglio at fas_international@sfu.ca for any inquiries on the TechConnect program.

What students say about TechConnect

“Biggest takeaway for me is that TechConnect really helps ease the stress of being a first year. I am very glad that I managed to be a part of this program. I've created new friends who are in first year and upper year that can help me on later on. I really liked TechConnect and it was one of the things I looked forward to [my first semester].”
 

“I really enjoyed seeing the same familiar faces in my classes and making great acquaintances. Most of all, the mentor sessions were very helpful - especially being able to ask for help in person, without a rushed time constraint, and on a student to student basis.”
 

“It’s already super engaging and useful for any student, it familiarized us with so much and really helped me transition to university”
 

“Thank you very much!!! I could not imagine my first semester without it.”
 

“I made a couple of friends there that I now hang out with a lot. The connections helped a lot.”