ORIENTATION Week officially kicked off yesterday, when about 1500 students received a warm welcome from university and city leaders.
Students were welcomed by City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell, director of the La Trobe University Bendigo campus Andrew Skewes and Bendigo Student Association (BSA) president John Traynor.
Cr Ruffell encouraged new students to become active members of the Bendigo and wider communities.
“We have excellent sporting facilities and lots of parks, lakes and bushland for all to enjoy, so I encourage you to get involved,” she said.
“You don’t need to go far for entertainment as Bendigo has a great range of shops, cafes, restaurants and some great pubs and clubs.”
La Trobe University Bendigo campus director Andrew Skewes told students that although university would be challenging at times, it was important for students to support each other.
“We want you to support one another through your journey of higher education,” Mr Skewes said.
“It should be fun but there are no doubt there will be times that will be challenging, whether it is in the curriculum, your social life or your work life.”
Mr Skewes said university represented a period of transition from youth to adulthood and this was a time to make lifelong friendships.
“We want you to experience as much as you can, have as much fun as you can and to stay on top of your curriculum,” he said.
“But most importantly have a great time, enjoy yourself, do it safely and carefully, but have a great time because this should be one of the best times of your life.”
After the civic welcome students spent time exploring some of the more than 50 clubs and societies on offer.
BSA president John Traynor urged new students to get involved in a club to help their transition into university life.
“Club and societies are a means to form friendship groups,” he said.
‘’Through the clubs students have the opportunity to learn new skills and experience a smooth transition to better university life.”
At O-Week today
9am: Free pancake breakfast at the Student Union entrance
12pm: Free Mexican wraps at the Student Union entrance
7pm: Hypnotist Bill Wheeler will perform in the Sports Field Marquee at La Trobe University. This is an all-ages event and alcohol is not permitted. General tickets cost $10, platinum tickets are $5 and student tickets cost $8. To buy tickets visit www.bsabendigo.com.au