Orientation Week 2012 gets students into the swing of university life

27 February 2012

Live entertainment, student society activities and information sessions will help more than 10,000 new students get into the swing of university life as Orientation Week kicks off across University of Sydney campuses.

Students will get a first taste of all aspects of life at Sydney, with a welcome from the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, school and faculty welcomes and information sessions.

The University of Sydney Union's (USU) O-Week festival 'the Circus' will also kick off this Wednesday with a host of fun activities, live music and comedy and the chance to join more than 200 clubs and societies.

"Orientation week is designed to help new students get to know the University and our services, and to establish a sense of belonging and academic adjustment," says Jordi Austin, Director of Student Support Services at the University of Sydney.

"Orientation Week gives students the opportunity to get to know the campus and meet fellow students within their programs before classes start. We partner with the USU, Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness, central services and faculties to ensure students get a 'whole of uni life' experience. I encourage all commencing students to come along and start enjoying university life."

Entertainment at the USU Big Top will include live bands and jazz performances, free breakfasts, circus and dance displays and free talks. During the evenings, students can head to Manning Bar for a costume party, a comedy night featuring Axis of Awesome and Tom Ballard, and a band finale featuring acclaimed Australian band The Grates.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the services offered by the University, such as the library, information and communications technology, the Koori Centre, the Learning Centre and Student Support Services.

Practical information sessions running throughout the day will include seminars on study skills, managing a student budget, accommodation, balancing life, work and study commitments, and casual employment.

Parents of new students will also be welcomed on campus at the POP (Parents Optimising Potential) seminar, which helps parents improve their understanding of how university works to help them assist their children to adjust to university life.

Event details:

What: University of Sydney Orientation Week
When: Monday 27 February to Friday 2 March (USU O-Week Wednesday 29 February to Friday 2 March)
Where: All University of Sydney campuses, with major events at Camperdown Campus

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