O Week starts university life in friendly fashion

Saturday, September 21, 2019

BEFORE they hit the books, new Deakin University students got into the groove of tertiary study yesterday with orientation week.

First-year students (from left) Samantha Campbell, Stephanie Coverdale, Abbey Heggen, Kristen Warren and Tom Egan (front) enjoy O Week at Deakin University in Warrnambool. 150303DW02 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hundreds of fresh faces entered the doors of the Warrnambool Sherwood Park campus for the first time this week — many facing three to four years of assignments, exams and late-night study sessions.

A relaxed lunch was provided by the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) at the Sherwood Park quadrangle yesterday with pizza slices and sweet treats popular with new undergraduates.

Nursing student Abbey Heggen said she was enjoying her first week at Deakin and several information sessions had helped set her up for the year ahead.

“It’s been good so far — different to high school and people have been really friendly,” the former Warrnambool College student said.

Journalism student Tom Egan said he had already met plenty of new people in his first few days on campus and was excited about the year ahead.

“It looks like a really dynamic campus,” the former Emmanuel College student said. “People have been easy to talk to and really helpful.”

An outdoor movie evening was held last night on campus and DUSA will stage a mystery glow party tonight with a recovery sausage sizzle and golf match on Friday.

DUSA president Stuart Lasker said the organisation aimed to make new undergraduates feel welcome.

“O Week is about fun and getting your head around what’s involved at uni,” he said.

“We have sessions focusing on how to reference in assignments, setting a study schedule, things along those lines.”

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