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If you’re starting at Deakin University this year, congratulations!
This exciting time of transition and step towards your future career will kick off with OWeek (Orientation Week) which runs from 1 to 5 March, 2021. This year’s OWeek will offer a combination of engaging on-campus and online events.
For most, this is the first time that the reality of attending university sets in. OWeek is designed to help you get off to a good start, but it can still be overwhelming. Here’s a quick and easy guide that will help you get the most out of this week.
Getting involved during OWeek 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 specific to your needs to attend either online or in-person. The Deakin Genie app allows you to enter your course and mode of study and provides you with the full week’s timetable.
Make sure you find out which sessions are mandatory for your course, and attend a few that will be useful, like an in-person campus tour or the digital Explore Your Online Library session. These events will give you a great overview of your course, the university and what your next couple of years will look like.
One of OWeek’s often-overlooked purposes is to give you as much information as possible about your course, faculty and university. Attend the information sessions that are relevant to your course and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Chances are many people are probably wondering the same thing.
Before any in-person or online session, it’s a good idea to collate your specific questions so that you can get the most out of every session. OWeek is about you so find out everything you need to know. You don’t want to leave a session wishing you had more information.
OWeek is an important step on the way to making new friends, so be open to trying new things and meeting new people. Remember, most other students will be in the same boat as you, so just be yourself!
A great way to make friends is to attend the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) OFest events. There are plenty of fun things to attend at each campus, from the relaxed atmospheres of Beats and Eats (with free food!) and outdoor cinemas to the awesome vibes of the Summer sesh parties.
From the comfort of home, you can check out the online showcase of the huge variety of DUSA clubs, covering sports, cultural, political and special interest areas.
Remember that first week of Year 7 when you were in a new environment, maybe only knew a handful of people, and felt lost? Well, it’s about to happen again! But don’t worry – this time you’ll have an entire week to explore your campus, find out the best spots, and start to get comfortable.
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 when on campus.
Lastly but most importantly, enjoy your time. University is a fantastic time to experience, learn and grow – and that all starts with OWeek. Whether you’re studying on campus or online, your years spent at Deakin can be some of the most transformational in your life, so make the most of it!
Your journey begins now.
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