How to survive O-week

Headed to your university’s orientation week? Here’s how to make the most of your time there

O-Week is fast approaching and even though it’s a great way to explore the campus, meet new friends and discover the services and support available, it can also be daunting.

Here are our top tips for familarising yourself before classes begin. 

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  1. Be open to making new friends

    One of the best things about O-Week is the opportunity to meet other people who are going through the same experience as you and may be feeling just as out of their comfort zone. Put yourself out there and start up a conversation, who knows they may end up becoming your study partner, roommate or life-long best friend.   

  2. Bring food and water

    When you’re running from event to event it can be easy to forget to eat and stay hydrated. Bring some snacks and water to give you the energy to get through welcome lectures, events, and the numerous treks across campus. 

  3. Sign-up for clubs and societies

    During O-week there’s a wide variety of clubs and societies on offer, most are Uni or TAFE based and run regular social activities throughout the year. They’re a great way to meet people who have similar interests to you and a fairly cost-effective way of socialising, as most are free to join. Take the opportunity to sing-up to as many groups as possible and if you don’t like their activities then there’s no pressure to go back! 

  4. Do your research

    O-Week is the perfect time to wander around the Uni and get your bearings. Talk to staff, go on the tour, and get to know the campus and where your classes will be. Most Unis will also have an app to download with all of the information and latest timetable. If you’re going out make sure you know how you’re getting home – most Unis provide shuttle buses to O-Week events or if all else fails at least have enough battery (and a linked credit card) to order an Uber. 

  5. Let your parents fuss over you

    This is a hard one we know but chances are your parents will be just as nervous as you are! This is their last time to fuss over you so let them drive you to campus, unpack your room and even leave a care package of your favourite snacks and comfort food. What’s the harm in that!