540 students to enter university
SOUTHERN Cross University will welcome 540 new students to its Gold Coast and Tweed campuses next week with its orientation program starting on Wednesday.
This year orientation will have a strong focus on creating a balance between academic and social aspects of the university experience.
Manager of the shared services hub Mary-Anne Clark said SCU wanted to achieve this balance with its extensive four-week orientation program, which hoped to make students’ education as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
“We are really trying to create a balance this year, because the social activities are just as important to university life as gaining important academic skills,” Ms Clark said.
Gold Coast and Tweed students can look forward to a wine and cheese night, river cruise and plenty of live music and free lunches.
“These kinds of social activities help to increase support networks, and when studies get stressful these relationships are really important,” Ms Clark said.
She added this year’s program would introduce a family orientation day, which invites students to bring along their family and friends to learn more about university life and the pressures that can come with it.
“By asking family along we hope that it will create a personal support network for the student outside of university, which is really important,” Ms Clark said.
SCU’s orientation co-ordinator Ann-Maree Wilkinson said the orientation program was the biggest university-wide event of the year and encouraged all new students to come along and take part.
“It’s not only a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the campus, local facilities and classmates, it’s also a time to learn essential study skills to help them through their all-important first session,” Ms Wilkinson said.
Orientation is a four-week, program running from February 16 until March 11, across all SCU Campuses and is open to all students, both new and returning.