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5 must-do events at Welcome Week

23 January 2019
Welcome Week is a busy time at International House with 40+ events across two weeks. We've highlighted some non-compulsory events we recommend to get the most out of your first weeks on campus.
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1. Wool Room Crash

Our first and longest event on the Welcome Week calendar, the Wool Room Crash is held in our iconic lounge space on check-in day. New residents are invited to drop in to grab some snacks, meet current residents and staff, get connected to the University wi-fi and chill out with music and table tennis.

2. Academic Workshops

Whatever you’re studying, we have a workshop to help you get into the swing of things at the University. Held on Thursday 21 February, the workshops will run from 10am-1pm.

  • Time Management

Don't have access to a time-turner? The next best bet is our Time Management Workshop. We’ll cover the basics of organising your study workload and prioritising out what’s important (and what’s not).

  • Academic Writing Workshop

Academic writing is an important skill to master, but it's a style which doesn't always come easy! We'll be running a workshop on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines.

  • Hacking the University: tips and insights for success

Presented by Joshua Lee, a lecturer and tutor in Business Law and data science manager for the University, this session provides a unique insight into how you can hack your university experience by understanding the experiences of past students.

3. Amazing Race

The biggest event on the Welcome Week calendar isn’t one to miss. New and old residents will form small teams and travel around Sydney to reach checkpoints and complete challenging tasks with the rest of your team. Hint: bring lunch and an Opal card – it’s going to be a long day!

4. Walking Tour of Sydney

Take in the sights of your new city with a guided tour that will lead you through iconic areas including Chinatown and Martin Place before finishing up in Circular Quay for a look at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We’ll also cover the essentials like best coffee spots and restaurants to visit.

5. Flag Dinner

This formal dinner brings the entire residential community together to commence the academic year. Before the meal, residents representing each culture in the house participate in the flag ceremony (practised in International Houses all over the world), reciting a pledge in their national language as a commitment to the virtues of international understanding and friendship: "As we have come to live in International House with people from many lands, we pledge ourselves to support the aim that understanding and peace may prevail.”

RSA and Mental Health training

As part of our Welcome Week activities, International House will host two optional training sessions in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), and Mental Health training. The RSA training is open to 25 residents and aims to promote safe alcohol practice champions who are industry trained to understand the effects of alcohol and to identify unsafe drinking. The training also offers participants a qualification that will assist in gaining part time work in the service industry in Sydney.

Mental Health – Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March 9-5pm

RSA – Thursday 21 February 9.30-4pm

Welcome Week at International House