For most of us O’Week is the first time that the reality of attending uni hits us. We’re thrown into a new world of people and excitement that’s really easy to get lost in. O’Week is designed to help you get off to a good start, but it can still be overwhelming. Here’s a quick and easy survival guide that will help you get the most out of your O’Week.
Getting involved during O’Week is the best way to start your time at uni. This doesn’t mean attending everything during the week, but you should use your personalised itinerary to choose a couple of events to go to that are specific to your needs.
Make sure you find which sessions are mandatory for your course, and attend a few that will be useful, like a library and campus tour. These events will give you a great idea about the course, the uni and your fellow new students.
O’Week is an important step on the way to making new friends. Most other students will be new as well, and will be in the same boat as you, so be yourself and be open to trying new things and meeting new people.
A great way to make friends is to attend the student association run market days, which showcase all of the clubs and societies during the week, and also give away pretty cool freebies, including food. Find a club or a few that you’re interested in and you’ll automatically be in a space with people who share the same interests as you and who you can discover uni with.
Remember that first week of Year 7 when you were in a new environment, only knew a handful of people and felt lost? Well, it’s about to happen again, but this time you have an entire week to explore your campus and find out the best spots.
There are heaps of campus tours during the week so you can join one of them, or grab a map and explore on your own or with your new friends.
It’s important to know your course specific locations so you don’t get lost within the first few weeks, and so you can figure out the best place to grab a quick coffee between lectures.
One of O’Week’s often-overlooked purposes is to give you as much information as possible about your course, faculty and uni. Attend the information sessions that are relevant to your course and ask questions.
There will be senior students dotted around the campus during O’Week so ask them as many questions as possible. They’ve been the new students before and know everything that you’re going through, so there are no stupid questions.
You’ll also run into some of the academic staff, so it’s a good idea to collate your course specific questions that they will be able to answer.
See what Deakin University has planned for its O’Week.
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