Tertiary students make the most of orientation
A tropical pool paradise, an adventure race, and an op shop ball are part of orientation week as tertiary students stream back onto the city.
Orientation week kicked off on Saturday with a street fair at UCOL and includes more than 15 events city-wide.
Orientation, or ‘‘O-week’’ was ‘‘about having fun and getting amped for the year, being part of something really awesome and embracing ‘holy crap I’m really here’,’’ Nikita Skipper, Massey University Students Association president (MUSA), said.
MUSA’s week includes comedians Ben Hurley, Justine Smith and David Correos in a gala comedy show at the activities centre, and the popular toga party on Saturday night.
MUSA manager Craig Black said all O-week events were back on campus this year, having previously been spread between city locations.
Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U) president Melissa Evans said they had teamed up with UCOL to provide a good line-up of fun and activities.
Market day and clubs day had been separated out because they’d grown so much, and take place on in the atrium on Wednesday and Thursday.
New UCOL early childhood student Rhys Gardiner was at the street fair with his girlfriend, to get back into the swing of student life.
‘‘Orientation’s a good way to meet new people, it’s a good way to see what’s happening in your new community,’’ he said.
Rhys Gardiner was at UCOL’s orientation week street fair before studies commence.