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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 7. 30th May, 1957

what did You do with Orientation Week?

what did You do with Orientation Week?

The average Fresher on being ultimately confronted with his first day at the University is more often than not somewhat disappointed. He has expected anything but what he gets. He probably arrives for his first lecture on time, and having sat through fifty minutes of initiation into his subject, is left at a dead end as to what to do next. If he has no luck in finding any of his friends he may to down to town and sit through a film—one way of filling in the time before he is required at another lecture. Unless he has a great many friends, he will find time hanging very heavily on his hands. He has the limited choice of spending his free time either in the Caf. or in the Common Common Room (if it is not completely wrecked before that) or even in the Library, according to inclination—but he will only discover the real lay-out of this building by trial and error, probably by error. Unless he makes an extraordinary effort for himself, he will meet few people prepared to make the effort for him.

At the moment, the Fresher is left to himself for longer than is good for him—or for his associates. The first day can be a complete disappointment unless the Exec. and some of the more senior students make an effort.

At Sydney University, Orientation Week is an adequate period of time during which the new students can get to know their way around the building and meet other students at inaugural lectures and Club activities: each day is filled up and the student is able to decide what meetings he will attend—there is a series of lectures delivered by various Professors on how to study, use the Library, etc.. as well as discussions on various aspects of student life. Both staff and students take part in these activities, to a greater degree than is the case here. For example, a typical day might run as follows:
  • 9—10: Arts Society—Talks by Heads of Departments.

    Medical Society—Symposium on "How to Enjoy Failing in Medicine".

  • >10—11: Official Welcome by Chancellor and President of the Students' Association.
  • 11—12: Symposium by Staff Members—"Sex—How Far Do You Go?"
  • 12—1: "Arts is the Easiest of the Technologies". Three speakers.
  • 2—3: Film Group—"Doctor in the House".

And so on. to 8 p.m.

Sports Clubs meet, there are dancing classes, a jazz concert, a Freshers' Informal and a Freshers' Camp ! !

Up till now. Orientation Week has been a week completely orientated for those with only the evenings to fill in Surely, the time has come to reorganise the first few days at University!

It is to be hoped that the present Exec. may do something to ensure that the future students have a pleasanter initiation into varsity life than those in the past. It would be in the interests of the University to consolidate the mass of freshers into the corporate body with at least a passing interest in their first few days of misery.—"Freshere."