Almost 1400 new La Trobe University Bendigo students began their tertiary education today as O-Week launched.
Following the campus welcome and smoking ceremony, students began three days of tours and information sessions to equip students them for their time at university.
This year included two La Trobe lecturers welcoming their own children to the Bendigo campus.
Melissa Deacon-Crouch who is a senior lecturer in nursing will cross paths with her daughter Alex Crouch, who is studying nursing.
Ms Deacon-Crouch's niece Gabrielle is also a first-year student who is studying biomedical science.
"It will be fantastic to see what they're up to," Ms Deacon-Crouch said. "I was a bit surprised that she (chose) the course I co-ordinate but I'm really pleased.
"We have a very high employment rate (from nursing) across all our campuses and am optimistic for her future.
Ms Crouch said she had always had an interest in nursing.
"I always wanted to help people and be in the health field," she said. "It's a very different being a student and coming (on campus) trying to find anything and everything. But it's exciting."
La Trobe's senior lecturer in business and accounting Kate Ashman was excited to see her son Nicholas on campus studying industrial engineering.
"I hope he really enjoys himself," she said. "The biggest thing for me was having the guaranteed work placement in the fourth year.
"I know a lot of success stories and am hoping same thing happens for him.
Nicholas begins studying industrial engineering this year.
"At school I always enjoyed engineering, maths and science subjects and thought it would be good to potentially make a livelihood out of it.
"It didn't cross my mind (to follow mum). It'll be weird (seeing her around) but I'll be fine with it. I'm looking forward to the new experience."
La Trobe Bendigo's head of campus Rob Stephenson said seeing 1400 new students on campus was always exciting.
"It's always fabulous to be on campus for the first big day of O-Week," he said. "(We have) a few new courses commencing, we're excited to see the student numbers (arrive) for those."