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MORE than 700 stu­dents are gear­ing up for Se­mes­ter 2 stud­ies as O Week ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin at James Cook Univer­sity’s Dou­glas Cam­pus.

O Week, short for ori­en­ta­tion week, cel­e­brates the be­gin­ning of univer­sity life and is packed with ac­tiv­i­ties to give new stu­dents the in­for­ma­tion, con­tacts and cam­pus knowl­edge they need to suc­cess­fully be­gin their stud­ies.

JCU stu­dent life co- or­di­na­tor Tony He­witt said ori­en­ta­tion week was about stu­dents get­ting pre­pared for their stud­ies and meet­ing new peo­ple.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to come and ex­pe­ri­ence what univer­sity is and what it’s go­ing to be like for them,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant for their tran­si­tion ( into univer­sity life) to get to know their fel­low stu­dents and the cam­pus be­cause JCU is a big univer­sity.

“Our re­ten­tion data shows that stu­dents that come to ori­en­ta­tion week have a 20 per cent higher chance of re­ten­tion, so it’s very im­por­tant that they do come.”

Mr He­witt said lec­tur­ers as­sumed that stu­dents would know all the in­for­ma­tion made avail­able dur­ing O Week go­ing into week one of the se­mes­ter.

The events also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to meet and form friend­ships to last through­out their de­gree and into the fu­ture.

Ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin to­day and will run through to Fri­day on cam­pus be­fore the of­fi­cial start of Se­mes­ter 2.

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