Open Day 2016

If you think your Sunday was boring, then you weren’t at La Trobe!

La Trobe put its best foot forward as it welcomed everyone with music, booths, shows, games, and good food. This event showcased both academic and career opportunities for future students who wish to study at La Trobe. Families, students, local officials, and university staff all took part in the activities.

Booths were setup along the East Lecture Theatre presenting the different sports clubs in the university such as fencing, hockey, water ski, soccer, Frisbee, etc. Students and school staff dressed in orange toured the guests around the campus to show them the facilities of the university.

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The day kicked off with a segment hosted by La Trobe’s very own upstart, which presented a live six-hour broadcast from 10am to 4pm in the Agora. The live show features students from La Trobe’s media and communications degree as well as sports guests.

The career booth featured representatives from UK’s UNITEMPS (www.unitemps.com) which is a recruitment agency that helps students find part-time/on campus jobs, and internships. They’ve recently expanded in Brisbane and in 2017 they are opening in Melbourne due to their growing popularity. For those who are interested, they are currently open for registration.

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Melbourne’s NOVA 100 radio station also made an appearance with live music, games, and a disc jockey along the steps of the West Lecture theatres.

There were several food stalls. One of the food stands sold different kinds of sausages, but my favourite one was the wood fire pizza. The pizzas were cooked in large oven-like tubes and guests could choose from four different flavours; pepperoni, margherita, veggie, and Hawaiian. But what’s special about the pizza is how you order it. In order to get your pizza, you must wait for someone else to finish and give you an empty red box. Once you’ve ordered yours, you must pass the box to the people lined up. This is part of Aspire’s push for stronger volunteerism amongst students.

It was a long and fulfilling day at La Trobe University and a great way to acquaint all the future students with their new home.

 By Haj Songcuya

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