O WEEK kicked off at Charles Sturt University (CSU) yesterday amid a sea of colour, market stalls and 150 new students set to commence their studies at the campus.
O Week helps introduce students to the campus, its services and the city of Orange through a range of activities.
CSU student support officer Nikalus Granger said O Week was vital to orientate new students to the campus.
“It’s when they make their friends for life, ask anyone and they’ll pretty much still have friends from their first day,” he said.
“It’s all part of the CSU experience.”
There were 32 stalls at yesterday’s market day from Centrelink and Medicare to Orange businesses and university sporting and social clubs.
During the week, course information sessions, health and welfare talks will be teamed up with scavenger hunts, bar nights, mini golf and pool parties to ensure students get the most out of O Week.
“It’s academic content through the day and fun stuff at night,” Mr Granger said.
“It’s become bigger over the years as our campus has grown.”
Each year new CSU students raise funds for a charity through their O Week activities and this year’s recipient is Can Assist.
“Last year we gave just under $10,000 to Youth off the Streets,” Mr Granger said.
There are 16 O Week leaders on hand to show new students around the campus and help them adjust to university life.