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Brave new world: O-Week directors take cues from Carroll


22 February 2013

O-Week 2013 directors Kristy Samal and Robby Magyar want to take new students 'down the rabbit hole' into campus life.
O-Week 2013 directors Kristy Samal and Robby Magyar want to take new students 'down the rabbit hole' into campus life.

The University of Sydney Union's (USU) O-Week is the largest student-run event in Australia, and 2013 directors Kristy Samal and Robby Magyar want to take new students 'down the rabbit hole' into campus life.

"O-Week is the entry into a new world for commencing students" says Robby, "where everything is new and different". So pitching an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme seemed obvious to the pair, and it won them the coveted director roles.

Starting university can be an overwhelming experience, but Kristy feels that "getting involved in extracurricular activities like O-Week really does help".

"It gets you prepared to be part of a community that will fill your time between classes," adds Robby, and with more than 200 student-run clubs and societies registered for 2013, a broad range of interests - academic and otherwise - are covered.

Of the events the pair have locked in so far, Kristy is most excited about 'Friday band night', which closes the event each year and includes hot new acts like Ball Park Music, New Gods and Lime Cordiale in this year's line-up.

"My dad saw Midnight Oil and INXS play at uni when he was my age," says Sally, "and O-Week is a great opportunity to see bands that might be the 'next big thing'."

As for what the future holds for these students, Robby will return to campus for further study, and is grateful for the opportunity to "excite, enrich and engage the student experience outside of the classroom", while Kristy sees her O-Week directorship as "the icing on the cake of three years of fun, experience and opportunity", and will leave Sydney Uni with "not only a degree, but valuable practical experience" in project and event management that she'll employ in a graduate position in Canberra this year.


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