ORIENTATION WEEK SETS THE SCENE
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.