Hello there fellow bloggers!

My name is Bianca Anderson and I am delighted to join the team here at First Year Blog. I am starting my first year here at Bendigo La Trobe doing my Bachelor of Education.
During O-Week, I asked some fellow first years how they found their experiences. Lucy Gemmill and Emma McGregor share their stories below.

Lucy Gemmill:

What course are you studying and why did you choose it?
I am studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and I chose to do it because in the future I want to work in finance or as an accountant.

How did you feel on your first day of O-Week?
I was quite nervous, just because I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone says that university is a lot different to high school and I didn’t know what they really meant.

Did the fact that Bendigo La Trobe is a regional campus help you decide that it was the campus for you? If so why?
Yes, mainly because it would allow me to still live at home, and travel to school everyday. I am a small-town country girl and the Bendigo campus allowed me to stay in the lifestyle I like, whilst also giving me a taste of the city.

What is your favourite thing about the Bendigo Campus?
I really love that I has a really huge library and that there are different areas depending on how you want to work – quiet areas for quiet study and areas specifically for group work.

How do you deal with stress?
During year 12, I had a really hard time dealing with stress, but I have learned that if I am really stressed out, I need to back away from what I am doing and read a book or listen to some music.

Do you have any advice for students looking to start at Bendigo Latrobe?
Definitely come to campus tours and the Experience La Trobe day, so that you get to have a look around the university before you come to study.

Emma McGregor:

What course are you studying and why?
I’m studying a Bachelor of Education (P-12), and I chose this course because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and because becoming a teacher will enable me to help shape the future generations into a better society.

What do you think of the Bendigo campus?
I really love this campus! The campus has the right amount of city life and country life mixed together. Also, the general inclusive quality of the students and staff make it feel like home.

Is there anything you are nervous about going into your first year of University life?
The most nerve wracking thing about starting my first year was moving out of home and being away from my family for the first time.

What is your favourite thing about the Bendigo Campus?
My favourite thing about the campus is how everyone is always making sure that everyone is getting involved and having a good time, especially during O-Week.

Any advice for students looking to start at Bendigo La Trobe next year?
Just make sure, especially over O-Week, that you join in and make the most of it.

So much like the lovely girls above, I had a blast at O-Week. I will admit, it was daunting walking around trying not to get lost, and the stairs killed me at first; but I am so excited now that I can’t wait to start studying!
Stay Cool =D
Bianca.

Food, fun and festivities

It’s been a great first few days at orientation, hopefully you’ve enjoyed yourself and had a chance to grab some delicious free food around campus!

If you’ve been wondering about what other students have been thinking/getting up to at this year’s orientation, wonder no more. Here are some thoughts from a few first years about O-Week:

“The information session about my course was really good, and so was the library tour, it was really helpful”.

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One international student from Colombia says, ‘I’m using orientation to become familiar with the campus, meet new people, sign up for the soccer team and hopefully purchase a gym membership’. Later in the day, he says, he’s looking forward to playing a game of football with other international students at the international college.

Others have said, signing up for tutorials has been the most difficult aspect of university so far. Two girls explained that, “Orientation has been really good, but working out the timetable was really confusing”, they said it took them one long hour to figure it out. “We’re really stressed about signing up for tutorials, because we really want our selected times, we’ve organised our whole week around them, and have no backup plan”. Fingers crossed they don’t miss out!

Overall, students were in agreement that the free food was one of the best aspects of orientation. They said, “The free food is pretty good, especially the sausages and noodles”.

Not only was the food great, the entertainment at the Sports Festival held at the Simpson Lawn did not disappoint either. There was loads of information about sports groups, with various groups performing, including Zumba dance session which students joined in, energetic cheer leading routine and an extremely intense boxing demonstration.

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Today was also a great day for some of the clubs and societies to provide information to new students, and create awareness about all the exciting meetings and events coming up. If you’re interested in finding out more, make sure you come along to the Clubs and Societies Fair from 11am-3pm tomorrow.

What did you get up to during O-Week? We’d love to hear from you. Why not leave a comment and/or share your experiences with us by emailing newstudents@latrobe.edu.au.

The big O-Week is almost here!

Get your cameras and phones ready because O-Week is just around the corner! Share your orientation experience with us, by posting photos and videos of yourself or your La Trobe campus on Instagram and Twitter, and don’t forget to #latrobeuni!

Besides being a great experience, O-Week is a fantastic opportunity to, not only get invaluable information about your course and meet other students, but it’s also your chance to eat lots of yummy free food, become involved in fun activities, and get the feel of university life.

If you’re not exactly sure what exciting things you can do during O-Week, head to Orientation Planner. Here you can start planning your whole week, and plan how to get the most out of your orientation experience.

It’s also important to remember, that while adjusting to university life can be tough there is support, so make sure you get as much information, and ask as many questions as you can!

Orientation provides some great social and educational activities, such as festival and gaming events, as well as The Connect Volunteer campus tour and Getting ready to study (transition and study skills) session. These activities give you the opportunity to understand where most of your classes will be held, and more importantly, where all the good/cheap cafes and food stalls are situated.

While planning your orientation week, it’s great if you could make time for the library tour. It’s a good way to become familiar with the resources at your disposal, and the place you’ll be spending a good portion of your university life. Another great event to stick around for is the entertaining UniSmart presentation at the Bundoora campus. This performance is a comical take on adjusting to university life, and will give you some useful tips on how to survive it.

Now, if you’re hopeless with directions and find yourself regularly referring to Google Maps to get to where you want to be, then the handy ‘Lost On Campus’ app is a great resource to have. Use the app to become familiar with your campus, and discover where the best coffee shops, food and quiet study areas are located. But please note, the Connect Volunteer campus tour will give you a much better perspective of where things are around campus, so don’t use the Lost On Campus app as a substitute!

Make sure you watch this space, as we’ll keep you posted on all the events and fun stuff that will be going on throughout, what will be, a massive O-Week!

We hope you have an enjoyable and productive O-Week, and remember to take a selfie, a snap with mates and/or your campus, while hash tagging #latrobeuni.

As you embark upon your university journey, we wish you the best of luck. Be sure to revisit this blog, as hopefully it will be a source of information and support during your time at uni.