Bench­mark for choices in learn­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

CLASS is of­fi­cially still out but James Cook Univer­sity is al­ready abuzz with ea­ger stu­dents dab­bling in the time- hon­oured tra­di­tion of Ori­en­ta­tion Week.

To date, 1023 stu­dents have ac­cepted of­fers to be­gin study at JCU in Townsville mid- year. This com­pares to 937 for the 2014 mid- year in­take.

The univer­sity has this week been host­ing welcome events, men­tor and course ac­tiv­i­ties, cam­pus tours, free lunches and evening so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties where stu­dents can meet each other and staff mem­bers be­fore classes be­gin next Mon­day.

Lu­cas Trinca, 20, from Ras­mussen, will start study­ing a Diploma of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor­ing in Health be­fore pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor in Paramed­i­cal Science.

“This will be my first course and so far O- Week has been pretty fun,” Mr Trinca said.

“I have been get­ting a lot of tips on get­ting around.

“I have been look­ing for ad­ven­ture, so hope­fully this will lead to some ca­reer ex­cite­ment be­cause I don’t want an of­fice 9- 5 job.”

Sig­na­ture events ex­pected to draw big crowds are the tra­di­tional Toga Party and Mar­ket Day.

The age 18- plus Toga Party will be held next Tues­day at The Club at the univer­sity’s Dou­glas cam­pus from 7pm un­til late.

The fol­low­ing day, Mar­ket Day will be held at Mar­ket Square from 10am- 2pm.

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